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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd


The writer is director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.

Prince Jaibir Singh’s struggle against IIT Bombay will inspire others like him
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

🔴 Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd writes: For reserved category students, the struggle doesn’t end with admission to higher education institutions

Why Andhra Pradesh’s education policy deserves to be scaled up nationally
Tue, Aug 17, 2021

CM Jagan Mohan Reddy has made sure that students are taught in the English medium at all levels, from anganwadi to university. That is a quantum jump in India’s educational language policy.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s success in carving out a Muslim constituency will benefit BJP and bleed the Congress
Mon, Dec 14, 2020

The RSS mode of targeting Muslims as the permanent enemy, and Owaisi’s attempts to organise Muslims electorally, may lead to a national disorientation and gradual disaster.

How Rahul Gandhi can prove Obama wrong
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

If he takes up a moral political route, vows to end dynasty rule in Congress and accommodates ambitious regional leaders, Rahul Gandhi and his party have a fighting chance.

Response to Hathras rape case suggests ‘varna’ values are being upheld by state
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

A Dalit woman’s body and sexuality are of no worth. A Dalit woman is treated as Dalit by the state, even after rape and murder.

The Hard Truth
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

A Dalit insider’s experiment with touchables

A New Cast
Wed, Jul 24, 2019

By elevating D Raja to the post of general secretary, CPI makes history.

If caste is about experience, PM Modi has never spoken about discrimination he faced on account of his birth
Wed, May 08, 2019

A section of the OBCs who were outside the fold of the BJP, voted for the party in 2014. But within a short time, the forces that matter in the RSS/BJP started opposing OBC reservation. The PM did not object even once to their negation of OBC reservation.

Main nahin chowkidar
Sat, Mar 23, 2019

BJP slogan gets it so wrong. No self-respecting chowkidar would like to be in that job in India

Two patriarchies
Thu, Nov 22, 2018

India’s right wing is quick to condemn Talibani patriarchy. But they outrage over the calling out of Brahminical patriarchy

My books, my truths
Sat, Oct 27, 2018

My work reflects the lived realities of marginalised communities. A methodology that depends on secondary data cannot do justice to first-hand knowledge

Notes from the CPM congress
Tue, Apr 24, 2018

A politics based on democratic welfarism could offer a political alternative. The Bahujan Left Front in Telangana comprising communists and Ambedkarites may show the way.

Exception makes the rule
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Apex court verdict will make the SC/ST Atrocities Act toothless, roll back social transformation

To Be or Not to Be
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

In Hinduism, the right to spiritual equality is restricted. In glossing over the fact in his new book, Shashi Tharoor is playing into the hands of the proponents of Hindutva 

Revolutionary Road
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

In her debut book, Sujatha Gidla tells the story of her uncle, KG Satyamurthy, co-founder of People’s War Group, and the struggle of a poverty-stricken Dalit family as they negotiated caste

A call to left-liberals
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Their silence on questions of caste could make them complicit in oppression of Dalit-Bahujan

The war over values
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Western tensions about migration show deep anxiety about core beliefs, including democracy

Backsliding on caste
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

The Congress’s Brahmin mobilisation in Uttar Pradesh is a retrograde turn in its politics.

Cow democracy: How protection of cow has come to mean oppression of Dalits
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

In the present mood, one can go to the TV debate, even critique Narendra Modi but not gau mata. If one does that, he/she may come out with his/her skin peeled.

A Kautilya in the BJP
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Why Subramanian Swamy’s real target is not Raghuram Rajan or Arvind Subramanian.