Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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Evaluating the History and Political Transformation of the Shudras

Even after the Congress returned to power in 1980, it did not include Shudras in its electoral coalition, and continued to be a combine of non-Shudra upper castes, minorities, Dalits and Adivasis. Both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi refused to implement the Mandal Commission’s recommendations. Under the V.P. Singh regime, Shudras got an upper hand and got the Mandal Commission report implemented. Meanwhile, the Shudra landed gentry also formed several regional parties in the north. At this juncture, the RSS–BJP mobilized uneducated lower Shudra youth around the Ram Janmabhoomi issue, and the demolition of the Babri Masjid gave the required impetus to their aggressive campaign.

An Ambedkarian Reading of India’s Tryst with Hindu Nationalism and Social Justice

The recent policy implementation of the 10% reservation for Economic Weaker Sections (EWS) by the BJP government has blurred the boundaries between social justice and consolidating...

Finding the Truth in Fiction: A tale of resistance against a never-ending state-imposed dystopia

A review of the book ‘The Half Mother’ by Shahnaz Bashir. (Published by Hachette India Pvt. Ltd in 2014) When there is an imminent tussle between the...

Memorialisation in India: From nation-building to making “Hindu Rastra”

Today, collective memory, defined as a people’s shared interpretation of a common past, is becoming increasingly thought of as integral to the formation of...

Reconstructing our solidarity with the farmers’ protest

The controversial farm laws brought by the union government are essentially about the agricultural market. As the domains (Agriculture and the Market) come under the state...

In the night when it rained

The perks of living a solitary life is something Charles has always admired, but the fear attached to it has also made his life...

Language and Postcolonialism: Anita Desai’s ‘In Custody’ – Dr Rita Garg

Since the beginning of her career as a novelist, Anita Desai has carved a niche for her works. She is known for the exposure...

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