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Caste and Indian Villages

Ankush Uttam Helode Despite 76 years of independence, India is still facing caste-based problems and discrimination, In rural areas especially small villages, untouchability is still in practice. The mode of caste based discrimination in the urban spaces  is changing, however villages are the cesspools in which caste grows in many dimensions. Public places like drinking …


Which came first? Caste or Reservation?

Rahul Kumar Gautam The Past life of Dalits Since the time of Vedas, the people of India have been divided into a hierarchical caste system based on their occupation. According to Hindu scriptures, Brahmins are at the top. Dalits were separated from the four caste hierarchy classes (Varnas) and were referred to as Avarna. According …


‘Mahad Satyagraha was not for water but to establish human rights’

  Milind Thokal Mahad, situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra, is historically significant as an ancient port city. The place achieved further importance after Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s revolutionary act of defiance following the upper caste Hindus refusal to implement the resolution passed in Bombay Legislative Council. On 4th August 1923, Rao Bahadur S.K. Bole, a …


Analyzing a Brahmin historian’s views on the origins of untouchability

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    Shubhi Often the theory of varnasankara or mixed castes and untouchability are discussed together in Indian academia mainly to rationalize the link between low occupational status of lower castes and untouchability. There is no obvious link between the two; for Ambedkar argued beef eating by the Buddhist broken men had resulted in the imposition …