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The Many Omissions of a Concept

Discrimination amongst Scheduled Castes

Discussions on caste are caught in the binaries of Scheduled Castes and the "General Category." Such binaries see the lower caste as a monolith and leave little space for discussing discrimination among such castes. The nomenclature "Dalit," its revolutionary impulse notwithstanding, also does not help address the issue. The homogenising claims of the category Dalit have failed to address the issue of discrimination within Dalits. A major omission pertains to scavenging work.

I thank Aniket Alam and Javeed Alam for giving critical inputs. The writings of Gopal Guru were more than helpful. I thank Achuth for being there for me always.

Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks ... Caste is a notion, ... The destruction of Caste ... means a  notional  change.

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