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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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A question from Kashmir: What is freedom and how does one attain it?

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  Ifrah Mushtaque Khan As I narrate this article to my brother over a phone who lives outside Kashmir where internet is luxuriously available, the very implications of the problem are apparent. I can’t email the article directly to Round Table India, because the internet is down. A couple of months ago, even this phone …

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Nidhin Shobhana: A scholar spreading Ambedkarite discourse through his drawings

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  Dr. Dhammasangini Ramagorakh Today, 5th September,  is the birthday of Nidhin Shobhana. On this occasion, I want to introduce him to you. This guy is not on Facebook! He lives in Calcutta. In the defense of Ambedkarism, in ideological fights and battles, people like us have to write lengthy articles to argue but this …

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ദേശത്തിന്റെ നാമത്തിൽ: ഇന്ത്യൻ യൂണിവേഴ്സിറ്റികളിലെ ജാതി ചരിത്രവൽക്കരിക്കുമ്പോൾ (ജവഹർലാൽ നെഹ്രു യൂനിവേഴ്‌സിറ്റിയെ മുൻനിർത്തിയുള്ള പഠനം)

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  Nidhin Donald (നിധിൻ ഡൊണാൾഡ്) (Translated into Malayalam by Abhijith Baawa) ആമുഖം: സർവ്വകലാശാല എന്ന ‘ആശയ’വും ജനാധിപത്യം, ദേശ നിർമ്മാണം(nation building), വിജ്ഞാനോൽപ്പാദനം എന്നിവയുമായുള്ള അതിന്റെ ബന്ധവും സാമൂഹ്യശാസ്‌ത്രജ്ഞരും നയരൂപീകരണ വിദഗ്ധരും പലപ്പോഴും ആഴത്തിലുള്ളതും ചരിത്രപരവുമായ വിശകലനങ്ങൾക്കും സംവാദങ്ങൾക്കും വിധേയമാക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌.1 എന്നാൽ അത്തരം വിശകലനങ്ങൾ പലപ്പോഴും സർവകലാശാലകൾ സ്ഥാപിക്കുകയും രൂപവൽക്കരിക്കുകയും നിലനിർത്തുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നതിൽ അടങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്ന സാമൂഹിക ഘടനകളുടെയും അതിന്റെ പ്രവർത്തനത്തിന്റെയും വ്യക്തവും (perceptive) ചരിത്രപരവുമായ പരിശോധനയായിരുന്നില്ല. മറ്റൊരു തരത്തിൽ പറഞ്ഞാൽ, യൂനിവേഴ്‌സിറ്റികൾ എന്ന ആശയം പലപ്പോഴും …

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BJP and the Makeover of ‘Ramji’ Ambedkar

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  Dr. N. Sukumar The various shades of saffron have long ridiculed every attempt of Ambedkar to usher in a just and equitable society. His scholarly critique of varnashram dharma, the Riddles of Rama and Krishna, the Hindu Code Bill etc proved to be the proverbial thorn in their flesh. For the Sangh Parivar, he …

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Caste, Family, Self: Savarna Christian Perspectives

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Nidhin Shobhana (This is a short report on a self-perception survey conducted among Young Syrian Christians as a part the author’s MPhil Coursework in Centre for Studies in Discrimination and Exclusion, JNU) What is the value of a perception survey? The Mandal Commission in its ‘socio-educational’ household survey asked the participants the following question— Do …

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The Substance of Higher Education in India

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  Nidhin Shobhana Any discussion on caste in Higher Education should include an overview of what constitutes higher education. In other words an overview of its substance. To begin with, how is higher education defined in India ? As per the Indian Standard Classification of Education, anybody who completes 9 months of formal study after …

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In the name of the Nation: Historicizing Caste in Indian Universities

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  Nidhin Shobhana In the name of the Nation: Historicizing Caste in Indian Universities (with special reference to Jawaharlal Nehru University) Setting up the Stage The ‘idea’ of a university and its connections to democracy, nation-building and knowledge production have been historically discussed and debated by several social scientists and policy-makers in great depth1. Such discussions have …