ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Is Caste Losing Ground?

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

Harmful to Social Justice

With regard to Anand Teltumbde’s “Dismantling ‘Dalit’ with a Poisonous PIL” (EPW, 8 October 2011), the PIL filed in the Supreme Court asking for removal of certain castes from the list of scheduled castes/ scheduled tribes (SCs/STs) raises an important concern but also poses harm to the concept of...

The 'Beyond' Perspective

The article by Gopal Guru entitled “The Idea of India: ‘Derivative, Desi and Beyond’” (EPW, 10 September 2011) is thought-provoking and is a major step towards formulating a perspective in dalit discourse. The frameworks of “derivative” (so far wrongly known as modern) and “desi” (better understood...

Caste in South Asia

This is with reference to “Comparative Contexts of Discrimination: Caste and Untouchability in South Asia” by Surinder S Jodhka and Ghanshyam Shah (EPW, 27 November 2010). Academic discussions about the caste system in south Asia are not a new thing but this paper, based on a large-scale survey, is...
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