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The Pandemic from Bahujan Perspective and Post-pandemic Scenario

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  Raina Singh, Theresa Joseph & Shafiullah Anis  Ambedkar Reading Group met online on 10th May 2020 with the motive to read, understand, discuss and debate from an anti-caste perspective, two ideas a) Corona pandemic from Bahujan Perspective and b) Future Scenarios post-Corona pandemic. The discussion was led by Vinith Kumar (Chair) and Shafiullah Anis (Co-chair).  Introduction …

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Is Islamic caste system entirely a Hindu influence?

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  Shafiullah Anis Various scholars have worked on casteism among Muslims starting with the premise that casteism among Muslims is an influence of “Hindu” caste structure present for centuries in Indian sub-continent. In this context, Imtiaz Ahmed (Ahmed, 2018) poses an interesting question: ‘If caste among Muslims owed itself entirely to Hindu influence, then the …

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Moving beyond Manusplaining Pasmanda Movement

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  Shafiullah Anis Introduction In the waiting room of a hospital in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, I came across The Companion magazine featuring Malcolm X and Rohith Vemula on the cover. This was March 2017 edition and had covered opinion pieces and articles on a range of issues such as disappearance of Najeeb from JNU, Education, …

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Brand Modi: The Sense of an Ending?

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  Shafiullah Anis Douglas Holt, former Professor of Marketing, Harvard Business School, says cultural brands are “built according to principles entirely different from those of conventional marketing. Cultural brands win competitive battles not because they deliver distinctive benefits, trustworthy service, or innovative technologies (though they may provide all of these). Rather, they succeed because they …

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My Name is Biryani and I am Not a Terrorist

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  Shafiullah Anis My favourite Biryani meme on social media says ‘I can’t make everyone happy, I am not Biryani!!” Biryani has always been associated with happiness and bliss in pop culture, but when Biryani gets associated with terrorism, I have all the reasons to get upset and invoke that cliché Bollywood tag-line in Biryani’s …