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

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A Report on Jātisamvāda in Prajavāni

Publicly Talking about Caste

An unsual sociological experiment was conducted during the first half of 2013 in the Kannada daily Prajavāni to explore how we can collectively think about caste and through this ask whether it was possible for the public to challenge stablished beliefs about concepts such as caste, democracy and privacy.

An unsual sociological experiment was conducted during the first half of 2013 in the Kannada daily Prajavāni to explore how we can collectively think about caste and through this ask whether it was possible for the public to challenge established beliefs about concepts such as caste, democracy and privacy.

An initiative to generate a public debate on caste experiences, titled jātisamvāda, had its origins in the pages of EPW where the two of us explored the philosophical foundations of caste and untouchability as responses to each other (Gopal Guru, “Archaeology of Untouchability”, and Sundar Sarukkai, “Phenomenology of Untouchability”, 12 September 2009).

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