Throughout 2021, momentum has been building behind the demand for a caste census in India. Whether a caste census will lead to greater social justice or a more divided society is one of the most contentious and long-running political debates of independent India. This paper analyses the arguments for and against it.
Over the course of the 20th century, Bihar has been the birthplace of numerous movements for social change. These movements emerged as a challenge to the caste order and have resulted in backward castes capturing political power, drastically altering the state’s power dynamics in the process.
We talk about colonialism like it’s something that happened to India in the past but to the indigenous peoples of India, colonialism is ongoing.
An exploration of how the Sangh Parivar manufactures Hindutva history and spreads it through formal education as well as informal channels like religious and cultural organisations.
So it’s been two months of India Ink so far and that means we’ve made two videos. Each one has been a huge success in terms of reception – at least as far as we are concerned. We’ve been hearing stories from friends and well-wishers that they’re being forwarded the message from different sources –Continue reading “2 months and 5 learnings about making videos”
History writing is hard work. We have immense respect for the professional historians who produce the work that we use as sources. They’re constantly having to make impossible choices – about the authenticity of sources, whether one source is more important than the other, whether a particular theory fits a certain set of events, whetherContinue reading “Condensing Complex Texts”
When the use of coffee first spread across India under British rule, many Tamil Brahmins strongly opposed it. But by the time India became independent, they had wholeheartedly embraced coffee, infused it with their own characteristics, and had begun to wield it as a marker of their social superiority.
In the early decades of the 19th century, British India witnessed a heated debate over the question of whether the practice of sati should be legally permitted. The debate had little to do with modern concepts such as human rights. Its real point was discovering and restoring “true Hindu tradition.”
The basic reason India Ink exists is because we like reading about history. It’s enjoyable – and it’s actually helped us understand ourselves and the current state of India. So we’re creating a project that we wished existed.