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Research Radio Ep 8: Do Indians Still Practice Untouchability?

In this episode, we speak to Amit Thorat and Omkar Joshi about the prevalence of untouchability in India today.

The Birth of the Dalit Protagonist

Born as a reaction to caste violence, the figure of the Dalit protagonist has come full circle—no longer hateful, it is creative and begets life.

Smell Matters: A Critical Reading of 'Parasite'

What makes Parasite a compelling film is its depiction of the transgressive potential of the body, specifically, of smell.

Caste Prejudice and Infection

In light of India’s continuing efforts to reduce maternal mortality, why government hospitals continue to be dangerously unhygienic, posing serious infection risks to patients, is explored. Through interviews and observations at public hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh, we find...

Dalits and the Environment

Caste and Nature: Dalits and Indian Environmental Politics by Mukul Sharma, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017; pp 296, ₹995.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: A Reading List on Racism in India

In India, racism, casteism and colourism are not mutually exclusive - they may often overlap. That does not mean however, that racism does not exist.

Contemporary Urban Politics: Reflections from ‘Mulshi Pattern’ and ‘Kaala’

Kaala (2018) directed by Pa Ranjith, and Mulshi Pattern (2018) directed by Pravin Tarde, both depict the changing nature of the political economy that revolves around the ownership of urban and suburban land. The conflict arising out of the overlapping shades of caste, class and land is at the root of both the films. While Kaala is the embodiment of contemporary subaltern politics as well as its aesthetics, Mulshi Pattern is an expression of the reactionary politics of criminalisation arising out of the collective insecurity perceived by dominant castes on losing landholdings and associated privileges.

Beti Bachao: Government’s Efforts to Eradicate Female Infanticide and Sex-Selective Abortion are Inadequate

India’s sex ratio at birth has worsened considerably since 1951; however, successive governments have not taken urgent and comprehensive measures to address the issues of female infanticide (FI) and sex-selective abortion.

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