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Politicising the personal: Who am I, Who are ‘we’ as people?

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Sinthujan Varatharajah Few diasporans will today come to talk about how caste practices in regards to marriage respond to larger political dynamics and power relations. Endogamy, as the most common marriage practice amongst Hindus, necessarily leads to social exclusion and discrimination. Marriage is traditionally assumed to be the foundation of a political institution, the family. …


Crossing endogamic boundaries

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  Anu Ramdas In the aftermath of Ilavarasan’s horrific death, dalit movements and leaders in Tamil Nadu have raised the need for a law against honor killings. Even as Ilavarasan’s family, neighbors, dalit activists and leaders cope with the grief and trauma, they have set their minds to examine the underlying processes which led to …

Dr. Ambedkar

Castes in India

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Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development~Anthropology Seminar of Dr. A. A. Goldenweizer at The Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. on 9th May 1916~Source: Indian Antiquary, May 1917, Vol. XLI ~ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Many of us, I dare say, have witnessed local, national or international expositions of material objects that make up the sum total …