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A portrait of the casteist as a young influencer

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Shy of inquiry into privilege, social media posts flaunt antiquated attitudes to caste, reservations Rahi Gaikwad We are all to some extent the prisoners of our upbringing.-PD James (Death in Holy Orders) If anyone has any doubts about how the virus of caste has mutated into a 21st century variant in the minds of upper …

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Systematic Dismantling of Social Justice & Equity in Higher Education by the Modi Government

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Dr. Magilan Karthikeyan In the Indian union of states, the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are considered the most socially and educationally disadvantaged groups among the other disadvantaged sections, namely other backward castes (OBCs) and religious minorities.1 Despite several policy interventions, the number of OBC/SC/ST/Minority students enrolled in higher education continues to remain …

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Upper Caste Anxiety Over Reservations

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  Kranthi Kumar Mungamuri Very recently, Telangana MLA Dharma Reddy (TRS), made a casteist statement over reservations by saying that “state is being ruined or destroyed due to lack of merit in government due to communities who had reservations” which led to a war of words between democratic, productive forces (SCs, STs and OBCs) and …

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In Gujarat, there’s a conflict between Mahajan culture and Bahujan culture: Raju Solanki

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  Round Table India In this episode of the Ambedkar Age series, Round Table India talks to Raju Solanki, writer, poet and activist based in Ahmedabad. Interviewed by: KuffirCamera and editing: Ahmedabad Talkies In the interview, Rajubhai traces the roots of the Mahajan vs Bahujan conflict in Gujarat. He explains the growth of the Mahajan …

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Patel agitation and the rationale behind SC/ST reservations

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  Sthabir Khora The patel agitation has reignited the anti-reservationists. The anti-reservationists thrive on popular, superfluous, ahistorical arguments about merit, justice and the state. The demand by well-off communities like Patels, Jats and others has created a sort of desert storm – that everyone deserves reservation. I will take up the following principal ahistorical arguments …

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Caste can be destroyed only through caste war: V. T. Rajshekar

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  V.T. Rajshekar (Dalit Voice) In the past 68 years that India has been independent, we have spent all our time quarreling. Something is seriously going wrong with country’s uppercaste rulers. They are in terrible confusion. They are afraid of their own shadows. This ruling class or caste may be small in numbers (less than …