Friday, Oct 07, 2022



'Bombay opened new avenues to many people to explore their field of interest'

September 24, 2022 2:08 pm

An indologist’s research on the Pathare Kshatriyas of Mumbai highlights the contributions of one of the city’s earliest migrant communities

I was misquoted, was only paraphrasing Ambedkar's views: JNU VC on 'caste of gods' remark

August 24, 2022 4:01 pm

Delivering the Dr B R Ambedkar Lecture Series titled 'Dr B R Ambedkar's Thoughts on Gender Justice: Decoding the Uniform Civil Code', Pandit had on Monday said "anthropologically" gods do not belong to the upper caste and that even Lord Shiva could be from scheduled caste or tribe.

Caste or biradari? How ‘privilege and descent’ plays out among Indian Muslims

July 05, 2022 6:30 pm

In the South Asian experience of religion, caste is often associated with Hinduism. Yet as sociological research on the lived experience of Islam in India has shown, caste is very much intrinsic to South Asia and practised by Muslims as well, albeit the nature of it might differ from that in Hinduism.

Invisibility of caste in environmental studies

November 29, 2021 7:07 am

🔴 Ambika Aiyadurai and Prashant Ingole write: It is our failure that anti-caste discourse, and literature and culture of the marginalised, are yet to become institutionalised in premier educational institutes.

Caste-based census legitimate demand: NCBC chief

November 26, 2021 10:24 pm

National Commission for Backward Classes Chairman Dr Bhagwan Lal Sahni said several organisations have met him with this demand and he has apprised the authorities concerned of the matter.

US university adds caste to its anti-discrimination policy

November 19, 2021 9:21 am

The University of California, Davis, has added caste to its anti-discrimination policy.

Demand for caste-based census growing: Nitish Kumar

September 06, 2021 10:36 pm

He also dismissed speculations that such a census, in which details of Other Backward Class (OBC) people will be taken besides those of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, will lead to social tension.

Delhi confidential: Caste Column

June 24, 2021 2:10 am

When the list of members was released, it became a talking point since it had a separate column that had the caste description of each member.

Ancient texts didn’t bar anyone from temple rites

June 20, 2021 8:41 am

Kalaiarasi Natarajan writes: According to the Agama Shashtra (a manual for worship at temples) neither women nor any particular caste is barred from performing rituals.

How historical caste privilege became modern-day 'merit'

May 10, 2021 9:46 pm

In a nation where access to education remains a fundamental issue and where an individual’s success largely depends on access to resources, shaped by socio-economic and caste advantages, 'merit' is just another form of discrimination.


The tattooed rebels: Chhattisgarh's Ramnamis fight caste with full-bodied 'Ram Ram' tattoos

January 13, 2016 9:10 am

The Ramnami Samaj is a religious movement founded by Scheduled Caste Ram devotees in the late 19th century in Chhattisgarh. Denied entry to temples and forced to use separate wells, these low-caste Hindus first tattooed their bodies and faces more than 100 years ago as an act of defiance and devotion.


Why the Maratha agitation keeps coming back

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

The Marathas, a third of the population of Maharashtra, began to agitate for their demands a little less than two years ago. While the current phase of renewed protests ended, the agitation is far from over.

Dalit man’s wedding procession passes through Thakur village

June 22, 2020 6:22 pm

After a struggle of six months, a Dalit groom’s wedding procession passes through a Thakur-dominated village in Uttar Pradesh.

Women must not be barred from entering temple: Mahant Narendra Giri

January 27, 2016 4:30 am

Allahabad, Jan 27 (ANI): Speaking on the Shani Shignapur temple issue, Akhara Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri on Wednesday said that women must not be barred from entering the temple asserting that preventing them from doing so, was not right in any manner. He added that people must be allowed to visit temple and offer prayers irrespective of caste, creed or gender since it is their right to do so.

Govt. following 'Divisive India' over 'Digital India': Derek O' Brien

January 20, 2016 9:35 am

Hyderabad, Jan 20 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien on Wednesday alleged that the NDA Government is following a 'Divisive India' policy by dividing students on the basis of caste.He added that on the one hand, Centre talks of 'Digital India' while on the other it plays politics of caste with students. He was addressing students protesting against the recent suicide of a Dalit scholar in the Hyderabad University.