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AHINDA: Missed Opportunities and Radical Possibilities

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Pranav Kuttaiah The Karnataka elections of 2018 will be remembered for a number of reasons. Notwithstanding the post-election drama of hastily built coalitions, gubernatorial bias, midnight hearings at the Supreme Court, attempted horse-trading, floor tests and everything in-between, the election itself provided enough fodder to have political scientists scratching their heads trying to make sense …

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Cast(e) in Paris: Some Anecdotes and Observations

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  Pranav Kuttaiah “[Caste] is a local problem, but one capable of much wider mischief, for as long as caste in India does exist, Hindus will hardly intermarry or have any social intercourse with outsiders; and if Hindus migrate to other regions on earth, Indian caste would become a world problem.”1 ~Dr. B. R. Ambedkar …

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Caste is not a Rumour – book review

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   Pranav Kuttaiah Caste is not a Rumour: The Online Diary of Rohith Vemula (Ed. Nikhila Henry, Juggernaut Books, 2016)  In a speech delivered at Nalgonda in Telangana not so long ago, noted intellectual K.Y. Ratnam said that what Rohith Vemula wrote was not a suicide note, but an introduction to Dr. Ambedkar’s classic ‘Annihilation …

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Kabali and Brahman Naman: A Study in Contrast

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  Pranav Kuttaiah Two films recently released that couldn’t seem more far apart. They are set in different contexts, directed by vastly different directors, produced and distributed for entirely different audiences, and star actors from completely divergent walks of life and scales of stardom. But the fact remains that they were produced from the same …