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How to turn a murder into suicide: Sumitra Bhave’s ‘Kasav’

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Rahul Gaikwad Every now and then one comes across some or the other celebrated so-called progressive leader/writer/activist who turns out to be absolutely shallow, superfluous and even hypocritical upon closer examination. This has been the case with Vijay Tendulkar and his Kanyadaan drama; or Pandit Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade where he portrayed Ambedkarite assertion …

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Gandhi’s Caste and Guha’s Upper Caste Identity Politics

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  Nidhin Shobhana In today’s editorial page of Indian Express, Ramachandra Guha has written an essay by the title ‘Does Gandhi have a Caste?‘[1] In the essay, Guha tries really hard to establish how Gandhi swept against caste, weaved against caste, sanitized toilets against caste, so on and so forth. He also quotes extensively from …

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Pandit Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade: A Case Study in Brahminism

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  Dhurwa R. Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade is one of the best examples of how brahminical powerplay makes a farce out of the most hard fought battles put up by Dalits, and does that rather patronizingly. Before I even watched the film, the title itself (and the media hype with one of its first …

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Court: Does it deal with Brahmin judiciary?

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  Dhruwa R The Marathi movie, Court, has been making news for some time now, being seen as a ‘radical’ movie even before its release in theaters in India – because it has won many awards nationally and globally. The movie is touted as a ‘never-before’ kind of attempt which apparently exposes the rampant injustice …