A Letter to Justice Bela Trivedi from an ‘Untouchable’ Ex-colleague
‘The facts you are aware of are based on the echo chambers in which judges who are mainly from privileged castes/communities interact with each other. They are also based on the defensive silence of…
Who are the True Founding Fathers and Mothers of Indian Democracy?
India’s founding fathers and mothers contributed in multiple ways to the establishment of democracy in the country. Some of those mentioned by the prime minister on 15 August did not make such…
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
The Silence and Symbolism of Hate
Hate crime laws can be effective only if the legal system engages with how strategic silences and symbolic language often render hate speech elusive, slippery, and impenetrable to legal consequences.
The Narmada Andolan in the Words of Adivasi Leaders
An account of the Narmada Bachao Andolan’s activities woven from the memories of two Adivasi activists, who were in the midst of it all, provides rich insights into the movement and gives voice to…
Through a Glass, Clearly
A memoir that 'dwells on the determination, grit and creativity of ordinary people who come together in a battle waged on multiple sites, in public and private spaces: courts, mandal and…
The Smoke and Mirrors of Casteism in the US
Convoluted arguments that equate anti-caste activism in the US with 'Hindu-phobia' seek to reinstate casteist norms that dominant-caste immigrants are accustomed to.
The End of a Political Model in Uttar Pradesh
The BSP’s strategy of combining a core base with moneyed candidates no longer works in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP has crafted a new winning formula that uses only elements of this old model.
How Income and Caste Can Affect CLAT Performance
The results of India’s tough Common Law Admission Test are unequal in socio-economic terms, highlighting the deleterious effect that a candidate’s low income and a low caste can have on performance.
Making the State Accountable
A compelling story about citizen-led movements, government accountability, village politics, and decentralisation in Bihar.
The ‘Model’ of Social and Economic Change in Tamil Nadu
‘The central idea is that the anti-Brahmin movement — which developed into the Self-Respect Movement — became the site for the construction of an inclusive Dravidian identity that could build a “…