The Channar revolt exposed the caste fault-line that ran deep in the kingdom of Travancore. The Nadars embraced Christianity promoted by British missionaries as a way out of the oppressive caste order enforced by upper caste Hindus, which included the royalty.
Malayalam author S Hareesh’s debut novel Meesha, that evoked calls for a ban, is a multilayered work that weaves in the many histories — social, ecological, economic and political — of Kuttanad in Kerala.
Why Malayalam novelist KP Ramanunni undertook a penance for the Kathua gangrape in a Kerala temple. According to him, it was his response as a Hindu and a believer. He said he was following the Gandhian tradition of personal atonement for a public evil.
Nearly 100 years after his death, as a new book explores the nationalisation of his work, a look at the centrality of Tamil poet-public intellectual Subramania Bharati in the making of modern Tamil political culture and why he is relevant now more than ever.
Dalits are probably the most vibrant, decisive political constituency in India today. Unless these gestures go with effective action on core concerns, Dalits would regard them with as much scorn as they deserve, says Valerian Rodrigues.
The conversion of 300 Dalits to Buddhism in Una, Gujarat, was not the first such instance. The Indian Express looks at previous mass conversions by Dalits and the pressures that have forced them to take the step.