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.
Back in 1918, India was hit by a pandemic – the Spanish Flu. Through newspaper reports from the time, this article shows how despite a century passing, many things have not changed.
A wild and scary story about how a judge can just wake up one day and throw a whole city upside-down.
Unlike in traditional cases where the powers of judges are restricted by rules of procedure, PIL cases sometimes lead to dangerous situations.
While Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League were campaigning for partition, the Momins of Bihar opposed the idea of Pakistan, arguing that it was a creation of the same upper caste Muslims who were their oppressors.
There is a constant debate about reservations in upper caste circles. People keep talking about if they work, when they will be stopped, etc. But the framing of reservations as something that the “casteless” majority give to those who suffered because of their caste hides the truth.
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.