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Challenging ‘De-Reservation’ and Reevaluating ‘Merit’: On Brahmanical Vocabulary and Praxis of Exclusion

Iniyavan M & Lalitha M “Those responsible for implementing the policy of Reservation must undoubtedly understand that “Reservation is neither a policy matter, a political gimmick nor a matter of Charity. It is a Constitutional Obligation” – Dr B. R Ambedkar In the line of policies aimed at systematic and sustained remoulding of the reservation policy …


Epistemic Injustice: Does Knowledge have Caste?

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Pranav Jeevan P Manusmriti ordains production and transmission of knowledge as the prerogative of savarnas or brahmins. This has created a structural gatekeeping of educational spaces from Dalit Bahujan Adivasis (DBA) for millennia. It had also imposed severe restriction on them to access information. The status of education and information distribution is no different even …


Indian Institutes of Savarnas: Reservation Norms Violated during PhD admission and Faculty Recruitment in IIT/IIMs

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Pranav Jeevan P India’s premier higher educational institutions for Engineering and Management, IITs and IIMs, have been violating the constitutionally mandated reservation norms for years. The violations are visible mostly in the PhD admissions and faculty recruitment where there is no centralized exam like JEE, GATE or CAT. The RTIs filed by Ambedkar Periyar Phule …


India and its contradictions

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  Raju Chalwadi This August 15th marked the completion of 70 years of Independence. The preamble of the constitution way back in 1950 defined India as a place where Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity will prevail and more specifically a place where oppressed sections will live a life with dignity. But, looking at the current …


The Story of Caste and Indian Campuses – II

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  Anoop Kumar Continued from here. His speech at the talk organised by the Ambedkarite Students’ Association at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, held on 22nd December, 2014. The speech has been transcribed by Valliammal Karunakaran. Now I would like to take you back to my engineering college days. I did my 10+2 …