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Conceiving a New Public: Ambedkar on Universities

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Asha Singh & Nidhin Donald Dr. B.R. Ambedkar conceptualizes education as a ‘vital need’ which helps us fight notions of ‘inescapable fate’ or ‘ascriptions of caste or religion’. He counted education as a socially inherited value which defines one’s access to power. Education was always a keyword, an indicator which he applied on issues of …


1921, Mappila and the idea of a nation


Bobby Kunhu Despite the extensive work by historians like K. N. Panikkar, the general consensus that the 1921 Malabar rebellion was a peasant rebellion and the fact that the Government of Kerala awards pension to those who participated in the rebellion and their spouses – there are strong attempts to portray the events of 1921 …


Bharat vs India: Understanding Debates of Naming Through Ernest Gellner and Anthony D Smith


Vidyasagar Recently, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea which sought a direction to the Central government to amend the constitution to change the official name of the country from India to Bharat. This plea claimed that “the removal of the English name, though appears symbolic, will instill a sense of pride in …


Christianity in India: The fastest growing alternative to Brahminism for two centuries

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  P Victor Vijay Kumar Officially, the Christian population in India is a little less than 2.5%; it grew from around 0.5% in the 1870s, thus being the fastest growing of spiritual faiths in India. This article endeavours to bring to light how and why this faith grew to such levels, how it succeeded as …


Pasmanda-Bahujan against Sir Syed’s casteism


  Round Table India For the last few days, Pasmanda collective and Bahujan students have been protesting against the written accounts of Sir Syed on the social media. As per allegations made by these activists and students, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had referred to an Indian Muslim caste as Badzat (low born) Julaha (weaver community) …


The Politics of Civilizing the Savage: British Colonialism and Anthropology

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  Jitendra Suna In the primary phase of colonialism, Edward Tuite Dalton’s work Descriptive Ethnology of Bengal, played a crucial role in the incorporation of upper caste elite in the colonial structure while excluding the vast majority of the population including Adivasi, Dalit and lower castes. It also portrayed the Adivasi and lower castes as …


Bhima Koregaon and Dalit Bahujan Movement

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  Swati Kamble I began writing this piece over a month ago at the dawn of January 5th, after ruminating and having constant monologues with self about the violent attacks against Dalits in Bhima-Koregaon and the hunting down of protesting Dalit youth that followed in the next few days. I struggled to scribble down my …


Several attempts to break the Mahar Maraṭha brotherhood

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   Dipankar Kamble In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Bajirao 2 the Peshwa of Pune executed  Manu Smiriti in the most extreme manner in his regime, The Untouchables (Mahars, Chambhars, Maṅgs) were made to wear a pot around their necks and were made to tie a broom to there waists so that their saliva and …