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The fake glitter of meritoriousness

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  Dr.Bhushan Amol Darkase Merit, the discussion about merit in India is remarkable; it is crucial to understand its various aspects. When talking about merit, one must first know its philosophical nature. After examining the definitions of merit, it is clear that it consists of two parts in particular, ‘the quality of being good or …

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Tools of Dronacharyas

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Pranav Jeevan P आरक्षणइसलिएनहींहैकिएकलव्यकमजोरहै, आरक्षणइसलिएहैक्योंकिद्रोणाचार्यहरामखोरहै   The story of Ekalavya repeats every day in Indian society, in our academia and professions where Dronacharyas of today use various tools to deny those coming from marginalized sections their rightful opportunities. The recent events, the declaration of results of JNU PhD entrance exams which shed light onto the …

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సామాజిక విప్లవ దార్శనికుడు ‘మహాత్మా’ జోతిరావు ఫూలే

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  పల్లికొండ మణికంఠ ప్రపంచంలో ‘జ్ఞానం’ తన ఉనికిని ‘సాహిత్యం’, ‘తత్వశాస్త్రం’ ద్వారా అందరిలోకి తీసుకెళ్లిన సంగతి మనకు తెలుసు. అయితే ఇండియా లో ఈ సాహిత్యం, తత్వశాస్త్రం, ఒక వర్గం/వర్ణం దగ్గరే ఆధ్యాత్మికంగా, నైతికంగా ఉండిపోయిన సంగతి చాలా వరకు అంగీకరించే దాఖలాలు కనపడవు. ఈ సామజిక విధానం వల్ల ఆధిపత్య సంబంధాలు (power relations) ఏర్పడి, ‘జ్ఞానం’ ఆ వర్ణానికి సంబందించిన వాళ్లకే అన్ని లాభాలు పొందగలిగేలా చేసింది. ఈ దేశంలో ఉన్న చాతుర్వర్ణ్య కుల వ్యవస్థ, …

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The caste view of ‘saffron dollars’

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  Dr. Bhushan Amol Darkase “If anyone throws his glance at the Indian physical and social world as a spectator, he will undoubtedly find this country a home of glaring inequality.” -Dr Ambedkar [Mooknayak] A comedian’s monologue at the Kennedy Centre explaining the difference between good and bad India shows the pervasive naivety of people …

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Buddhist Sangha — an embodiment of gender neutrality

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  Dr Amritpal Kaur  When an ideology for restructuring of human nature and society becomes a religious cult, it not only loses its spirit of rationality and political relevance but its professional representatives also degenerate into mere religious organizations. It then becomes impossible for such a psycho-social philosophy to maintain its effectiveness, particularly in the …

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The myth of ‘Departmental Politics’

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   Deepali Salve Ever since I got into university for higher education, one word that I have constantly heard is “politics”. As I did not face casteism/exploitation till my graduation, I was far away from experiencing what casteism exactly is! There was an illusion in my mind as a child that teachers engaged in beating …

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Analyzing a Brahmin historian’s views on the origins of untouchability

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    Shubhi Often the theory of varnasankara or mixed castes and untouchability are discussed together in Indian academia mainly to rationalize the link between low occupational status of lower castes and untouchability. There is no obvious link between the two; for Ambedkar argued beef eating by the Buddhist broken men had resulted in the imposition …

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Bahujan collectives cannot survive without trust and gratitude

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  Tanoj Meshram I still remember the simplistic example I used to give to myself and others from my college days about “collective” tea-making (of course with milk and sugar as it is often consumed in India!) to underscore the point that underprivileged Bahujan students or people can survive and progress only by encouraging collectives. In my example, …