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A portrait of the casteist as a young influencer

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Shy of inquiry into privilege, social media posts flaunt antiquated attitudes to caste, reservations Rahi Gaikwad We are all to some extent the prisoners of our upbringing.-PD James (Death in Holy Orders) If anyone has any doubts about how the virus of caste has mutated into a 21st century variant in the minds of upper …

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Do ideas of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar matter anymore?

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  Shailesh Narwade Jayanti, for many, is merely a celebration of the birth anniversaries of socio-political thinkers who were instrumental in bringing social change of which our generation is a beneficiary. Some people see it as an occasion to eulogize and recollect the contributions of these great leaders. Though these modes of celebrating and remembering …

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When Chiranjeevi cannot sanitise ‘Aaj ka Goonda Raaj’

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  Amarnath Sandipamu In 1991, Chiranjeevi acted in a film called Gang Leader. The summer release was a box office sensation in Telugu cinema. Within a year, it got remade in Hindi as Aaj ka Goonda Raaj. Almost three decades later, in 2020, the film and its star seem more relevant than ever before. Despite …

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Why desi celebs or even savarna intellectuals will never say “Dalit lives matter”

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  Or why Dalits need to seize pop culture! Anurag Minus Verma American cities are exploding. For long they have tried to subdue it, but now the frustration and anger has reached the tipping point, and is oozing out on the street. The death of a black man, George Floyd, last week in Minneapolis set …

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Social Distancing and the Contours of Caste

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Nisha Dedhwal The term ‘Social Distancing’ held/holds/shall hold different meanings in the Indian past, present and future. The term being social in nature holds the potential to be approached distinctly by people belonging to different socio-economic-caste-gender-cultural backgrounds. Messages from different brands, celebrities endorsing ‘Social Distancing’ are being widely shared as part of an awareness campaign …

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माणूसपणाचे डोहाळे …..

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  सुजित निकाळजे (Sujit Nikalje) १ जानेवारी हा दिवस सर्वांच्या जीवनामध्ये नवीन वर्ष घेऊन येणारा दिवस, नवीन अशा, अपेक्षा, प्रेरणा, संकल्प यांच्या समवेत येणाऱ्या नवीन वर्षाचे स्वागत आणि गेलेल्या वर्षाला निरोप देत सर्वजण आनंद साजरा करतात. त्याच प्रमाणे महाराष्ट्रात डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकरांचे जन्मजात लाखो अनुयायी आणि त्यांच्या विचारांना व आचारांना आत्मसात करून अंगीकरणारे लाखो अनुयायी …

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Social Media and Bahujans: Some Concerns and Reflections

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  Aditi Priya If we do not struggleIf we do not persist in our struggleThe enemy would finish us with his bayonetsAnd pointing to our bones he would tell the rest of the worldLook, these are bones of slaves!Look, these are bones of slaves!!— A Hindi Couplet My dear Ambedkarites, From dawn to dusk, in …

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What the National Law Schools don’t teach

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  Swagat Baruah Law as a profession has been often ridiculed for its lack of integrity, greed, and immorality. Justice as a profession has been criticized for the joyous self-exiles of its people behind their ivory towers. Some would be even offended by me calling it a ‘profession’. It is a ‘service’ they would claim. …

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Surveillance and Punishment in the Village: Reflections on Imayam’s Pethavan

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  Karthick RM “Hence the major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power.”-Michel Foucault “What is a village but a sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness and communalism?”-BR Ambedkar From the time when reports of social media …