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Casteism
12 posts
Bharatanatyam: The Choreography of a Brahmanical Past
Culture
How hereditary dancers’ communities were shamed and “rescued” by a Brahmanical morality that could not accommodate women whose sexuality transgressed the norms.
10 min read
Why We Need to Centre Queer People for Whom Pride Is Neither a Celebration nor Rebellion
LGBTQIA+
The casteism and cis privilege reflected in mainstream media are, sadly, very much a part of the Indian LGBTQ+ community itself—a space that is supposed to be for “everyone”.
Why Gandhi Is No Longer Relevant for Many Indians
Opinion
Why is Gandhi, a leader who could mobilise millions so effectively once, becoming increasingly irrelevant for a majority of India’s population?
#MeToo in Chennai Schools: The Big Red Flag We Shouldn't Ignore
Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and has a “devastating, irreversible impact” on their well-being. But the conversation around child rights has only gained momentum in India the past few decades.
5 min read
Does “The Family Man” Season 2 Vilify a Largely Misunderstood Movement?
Culture
The Family Man (Season 2) is a series of missed opportunities to tell the story of power and pain of a community now displaced and isolated from their homeland.
Re-Reading Ambedkar’s Insistence on Inter-Caste Marriages
Opinion
Inter-caste marriages reinforce casteist principles in insidious ways when lower caste spouses are forced to curate their lifestyle, food habits, and demeanour to match those of the dominant caste culture.
Arranged Marriages Uphold the Same Tradition That Promoted Sati
Opinion
Caste endogamy is the defining feature of the hierarchical concept of caste and has stayed immutable through time immemorial. This perpetuation of caste supremacy via the concept of purity is primarily preserved today through the institution of marriage—especially arranged marriages.
4 min read
Can Indian Communists Really Even Dream of a Revolution?
Opinion
Organizing the working class without addressing the caste issue is a shrewd way of the privileged caste Communists to pave a way to maintain their grasp over power in the name of proletariats while the marginalized and underprivileged continue to languish in the prison of caste.
4 min read
What Can We Learn From The Social Media Outrage Over 'Madam Chief Minister'?
Social Media
When Richa Chadha, the leading actor of the film 'Madam Chief Minister' tweeted to reveal the poster of the film, it made many furious. But Chadha felt she was being targeted for no reason.
Dalit Voices (Episodes 1-15)
Video
Dalit Voices is a video series that seeks to keep the discussion of caste-based gender violence alive after the Hathras gang rape and murder of September 2020. We bring you Dalit womxn activists
Saying No To Death Penalty- A Feminist Primer
Comic
The clamour for the death penalty in the December 2012 case started early. While few people sought to avenge the act, the popular argument has been that the death penalty will deter gender-based violence.
How to be an anti-caste feminist when you have caste privilege (not an exhaustive list)
Casteism
Listen actively to Dalit feminists. Respond with feminist love & solidarity rather than with indifference, defensiveness or opposition. Acknowledge your caste privilege. Do not constantly centre only your own feelings, experiences or perspectives. Do not speak for Dalit feminists. D
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