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Beauty, like the economy, is determined by politics

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Dr Amritpal Kaur Women have gained many legal and reproductive rights, as well as more freedom to pursue higher education and enter previously male dominated professions through a long, hard and honourable struggle. The more legal and material obstacles women have broken through, the more severe and heavy the backlash, in the form of detrimental …

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Buddhist Outlook on Gender Identities as a Delusion

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Dr Amritpal Kaur Identities are culturally located historical formations, open to reinterpretation and dispute. They are culturally, socially and psychologically constructed delusions that tend to reinforce a state of emotionalism on the human self. Nationality, religion, class, caste, race, gender and all are intrinsically responsible for defining the boundaries of human identity. Most of the …

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Archiving the Complex Genealogies of Caste and Sexuality: An Interview with Dr. Anjali Arondekar

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  Anjali Arondekar This interview emerged as a series of email exchanges between Rohan Arthur and Dr. Anjali Arondekar who works on the Gomantak Maratha Samaj archives, following Rohan’s tribute essay on Kishori Amonkar titled Kishori Amonkar: Assertion, Erasure, Reclamation. The interview was conducted with inputs from James Michael and Akshay Pathak. Can you describe the historical origins …

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Parched and Feminism: Are All Women’s Stories the Same?

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  Asha Singh In the past few days, I have noticed that a few of my Dalit-Bahujan friends are engaged in an uncritical celebration of Leena Yadav’s feature film titled ‘Parched’. I would like to talk about Parched, based on the content of the film and the interview of the Director conducted by National Dastak.i …

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In Daaravtha, caste doesn’t just stay in the background

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  It has been raining awards and honours for young filmmaker Nishant Roy Bombarde‘s debut film ‘Daaravtha’: the ‘Best Debut Film of a Director’ at the 63rd National Film Awards, ‘Audience Choice Award’ at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), ‘Best Short’ film at the New York Indian Film Festival, ‘Best Narrative Short’ …

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Ambedkar helped me embrace the ‘emotional’ within the rational

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  Akhil Kang I think I have lost count of the number of times I have felt immensely guilty of getting what I have got because of my caste. I remember sitting in my university classes, people looking directly at my face and saying ‘some lower castes’ individuals do not deserve to be here, because …

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Brahmins preferred: The Caste of Sexuality

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  Akshay Pathak Advancing the most penetrative and succinct theory of caste, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar had this to say in 1916 when he first presented his paper ‘Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development’: This sub-division of a society is quite natural. But the unnatural thing about these sub-divisions is that they have …