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Why Beef was Banished From My Kitchen

Why was beef obliterated from the Dalit household and shunned, even if it was an integral part of the diet? Based on auto-ethnography, the researcher revisits his relationship with food, especially beef, not as a scientific category as signified by nutritional values and calories, but as an integral aspect of a labouring life—a cultural memory.

Living a Concept: Semiotics of Everyday Exclusion

After centuries of sanctioned exclusion, reservations provide an invaluable opportunity for youngsters from excluded communities to enter the hallowed portals of higher learning. But the prejudices of the privileged continue to shape campus life, forcing many dalit students to drop out. In extreme cases like that of Senthil Kumar at the University of Hyderabad (August 16, 2008), social exclusion can drive students to suicide. This essay recounts the author's own experiences.
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