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The Cost of a Poor Brahmin: Notes from History

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  Nidhin Donald E.A.H Blunt in his book The Caste System of Northern India spends an entire chapter on how castes governed themselves in everyday lives. Based on the U.P. Census Report of 1911, he describes the functions and forms of punishments instituted by jaati panchayats. Blunt points out that feeding the brahmin or paying …

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The merits ascribed to the castes of merit in Indian textbooks

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  Anitya Sanket Apologist arguments in favor of the caste system have not been a recent phenomenon in India. For a deeply oppressive system of social division to have survived more than 3,000 years, it was indispensable to have exponents of Brahmin-Savarna supremacy at successive stages to suppress any sign of a revolt to challenge …

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Dalit writing doesn’t belong to trash bin– An open letter to Dr. J. Devika

Santhosh

  Santhosh Kumar Dalit writer and thinker Sunny Kapicadu’s book ‘Janathayum Janadhipathyavum’ belongs to the garbage bin – says Dr. J. Devika, a famous public intellectual working at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala. Sunny Kapicadu proposed a perspective different from that of Dr. J Devika regarding the recent controversial confinement of Hadiya. Enraged by …

Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Miller Committee Report 1919 (Adequate Representation of Communities in Public Service)

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  [An anti-caste movement led by the backward communities under the banner Praja Mitra Mandali launched a focused movement to bring pressure on the king of Mysore for reservation in recruitment and education. The Miller Committee was constituted by Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore in the year 1919. This committee’s findings provided a …

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Sardesai, Caste Pride, and The Kalyug of Inverted Logic

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  Gaurav Somwanshi So a few days ago Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted1, “Big day for my Goa. Two GSBs, both talented politicians, become full cabinet ministers. Saraswat pride!” (GSB= Goud Saraswat Brahmin) That led to some criticism which was conveniently dubbed as “abuse and hate mail” by Sardesai in a follow-up article2 on Hindustan Times where …