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

Articles By Hugo Gorringe

From Superstar to CM?

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has announced his long-awaited entry into politics. This article charts his rise to superstardom and long dalliance with state politics to analyse his political prospects. It is argued that the leader-centric nature of his party is a mere continuation of Tamil political norms, and that his ambivalent “spiritual” politics must be wedded to material concerns if he is to succeed.

The Hidden Politics

A notice issued to employees of The Hindu asking them to desist from bringing non-vegetarian food into the office canteen as it causes discomfort to a majority of the employees who are vegetarian has caused a fair amount of controversy. This article looks at how food and dietary customs mark out caste in "modern" India and suggests that public institutions, particularly those which have a commendable track record on matters of social justice, need to further introspect on the silent coding of caste into the institutional space.

Dalit Political Imagination and Replication in Contemporary Tamil Nadu

Tamil politics is dominated by the Dravidian parties and it is an indictment of their rule that untouchability and caste discrimination continue unabated in the state. Dalit movements arose in opposition, and as an alternative, to Dravidianism but have been shaped by their political context. A dalit-left alliance might offer one way out of the current impasse in dalit politics.