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We the People: Expanding the Idea of Democracy

pranav

  Pranav Jeevan P Part 1 Most people believe that democracy means voting in an election every 5 years. Elections in a representative democracy is of course an essential part of the very idea of political democracy, but that doesn’t mean that the very idea of democracy is limited to this right to vote. Moreover, …

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Brahmanical Hegemony in Knowledge Production and Pedagogy

tejaswini tabhane

  Tejaswini Tabhane Famous Indian Sociologist, André Béteille, writes a thick book on Indian Higher Education — Universities at the Crossroads. Therein, he does not mention much about caste. The only point where he brings out the issue of caste is when he discusses the poor performance of state universities and one reason he gives …

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Why are Folks So Inclined to Speak for and Erase Dalit People’s Wisdom?

noel didla

  Noel Didla There has been a recent spate of speculative publications on Dalit women by anyone and everyone to validate themselves as academics, journalists, editorial writers, policy experts, global anti caste consultants, subaltern studies space makers and global solidarity town criers etc. Majority of these folk creep on the walls of Dalit women, breeze through Savari, RTI …

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Building the Idea of India: Conserving Brahmanism and the Brahmanical State?

Pinak Banik

  Pinak Banik (This is a three part essay dissecting the much celebrated ‘idea of india’ from an anti-caste perspective, attempting to lay bare the machinations of the Brahminical knowledge producers) Many of us have recently come across a haphazard, yet systematic procession of essays, articles, reports, lectures, coverage, debates broadcast on electronic and print …

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Remembering Jhalkari Bai, Dalit Hero of 1857 War against British

upendra sonpimple

  Upendra Sonpimple The war of 1857 was a rebellion against British colonial rule. The peculiarity of this confrontation consisted of the coming together of all sections of society, with the objective of freedom from the East India Company and their exploitation of the country. The event has left a deep imprint in the history …