The Thread

A recurring theme when  instances of flooding take place, is to refer to them as “natural” disasters, when in reality they are linked to dismal governance of water-systems in our cities, lakebed and wetland encroachment and poor disaster preparedness.
Since 2002, there have been two threads of dissent regarding Bt Cotton. One paints it as a triumph for farmers, resulting in higher yields and returns while the other, the “anti-GMO” (genetically modified organism) narrative has claimed that Bt seeds are akin to “suicide seeds,” responsible for...
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an international advocacy group that helped bring about the landmark 2017 United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty.

Discussion Map

In this feature, we map this debate for engagement to speak to the ever-relevant discussions on debrahmanising spaces, both physical and intellectual.

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Gopal Guru, 1995

Dalit Women Talk Differently

Gopal Guru traces the emergence of the question of “difference” in feminist politics and its particular relevance for organising efforts by Dalit women.

 

 

 

Sharmila Rege, 1998

Dalit Women Talk Differently—A Critique of Difference and Towards a Dalit Feminist Standpoint Position: Sharmila Rege

Sharmila Rege puts forth the inadequacy of the framework of “difference” for theorising the questions of caste and gender and specifically Dalit women’s struggles. It opens up the debate for changing frames of feminist analysis by historicising the limited position accorded to Dalit women in social movements in Maharashtra and makes the case for a “Dalit feminist standpoint”.
 

 

Chhaya Datar, 1999

Non-Brahmin Renderings of Feminism in Maharashtra

This article is a response to Rege (1998). It points out the latter’s failure to engage with eco-feminism and to interrogate the industrial and technological paradigm which promotes urbanisation and centralisation. The article also challenges the validity of the Dalit feminist standpoint as a “superior” liberatory standpoint for understanding oppression.

 

Sharmila Rege, 2000

\'Real Feminism\' and Dalit Women

In this article, Rege responds to Datar’s essay (1999) by focussing on Dalit standpoint theory and feminist politics. She addresses the question of whether the dalit resistance can be conceived as “the cultural,” and by addressing the caste and gender underpinnings of alternatives to development.

 

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8 November: 1 Year After Demonetisation

 

An interactive compilation of articles on Demonetisation from the archives.

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The Grid

Society may be better able to deal with differences if individuals hold their values lightly and think of morality not as a set of ideas, but attitudes and processes.
Waiting is so much a part of everydayness, including waiting for peace, waiting for your loved ones to come home, waiting for curfew to end, waiting for the army to go home. Between silence and...
In the context of the recent sexual molestation of an actor in a public space in Kerala, this article analyses Malayalam cinema’s language of neo-liberal governmentality that seeks to police gendered...
Click through the timeline above to explore a history of the Right to Information Act 2005 through the EPW Archives.
As a modern republic, India felt duty-bound to "abolish" caste, and this led the State to pursue the confl icting policies of social justice and caste-blindness. As a consequence, the privileged...
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