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[21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 7,812 views]
Caste and civil rights

It was during the Mandal controversy in the 1990s, I happened to read Balagopal’s article ‘Anti-Mandal Mania’ in EPW. I was a student at the university of Hyderabad at that time. When all the upper caste students were on strike opposing Mandal reservations, we did not know what to do and how to respond. Balagopal gave expression to our anguish and anger against the public display of caste arrogance. He strongly criticised a large section of the upper caste intelligentsia of Gandhian, liberal and left leanings that were united to …

Caste, dalit rights »

[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 20,912 views]
Atrocities against Dalits : Retrospect and Prospect

Atrocities against scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) and untouchability are the natural expressions of the unnatural Indian caste system (ICS). Therefore, a clear understanding of the age-old phenomenon of “untouchability”, which is an integral part and essential feature of the ICS and of the recent phenomenon of atrocities, can only be facilitated by a brief overview of the ancient caste bias and how it works in relation to the SCs and STs and also socially and educationally backward classes (also known as backward classes or other backward classes …