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Caste and ‘Seeing Double’

Aniket Jaaware’s Practicing Caste: On Touching and Not Touching is a unique and somewhat audacious rendezvous with caste as thought and rethought through the “operation of touch.” The effort here is to explore some possibilities internal to this work so as to bring newer resources of thought to our discussions of caste in India/South Asia. Rather than combing through the entirety of the work in question, it is essential to capture the sense of vision that constitutes a part of the challenge of Practicing Caste .

Understanding Humiliation

Humiliation is a critical point in a power relationship, the cusp region as it were, something that brings sharpness to the exercise of power and helps reproduce those relations of power. But it is also a potentially disruptive element of power that can have corrosive effects for the underlying normative order. If "humiliation" is a claim which is made complete only by incorporating in it the proposed response to the alleged humiliation, then those who are making that claim must face a situation of choice and attain the clarity required for making that choice. It is then that "humiliation" becomes more than a language used to make sense of a disagreeable situation.

Violence in a University

The report of the Anveshi Law Committee on the rustication of 10 dalit students of the Hyderabad Central University presents the case as primarily one more instance of the anti-dalit attitudes and practices on the campus and implicates almost the entire university community. Most seriously, the Anveshi perspective is an attempted justification of violence in conjunction with identity politics.
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