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

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Caste on the International Stage

The official Indian position against including caste as a specific sub-set of racism is based on the assumption that race has a "physical component" which caste lacks. However a look at the history of the idea of race shows it to be a construct of a particular European anthropology and is, like caste, embodied in the very Self of the individual. While caste and race remain different forms of social oppression, viewing them as related is a creative political strategy.

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