Professor Satish discusses how the caste census would make the upper castes ‘visible’, something that the political class refuses to give space to since the Nehruvian era. Throwing the ‘secretly known’ idea into the open can harm elite interests, and hence the opposition to the caste census, professor Satish argues.
Savarna-caste assertion through arguments and protests against reservations centred on the ‘merit argument’ are not surprising given their erosion of historical dominance in spheres of influence. The latest show of this assertion was witnessed during the recent announcement of EWS and OBC reservation in All India Quota (AIQ) medical seats. Unsurprisingly, the uproar and the ensuing remarks maintained a silence over the 10% EWS reservation quota, whose beneficiaries are forward caste communities. Anurag discusses this hypocrisy and the flawed notion of merit in his opinion piece.
Bhagat Singh’s scathing criticism of caste and untouchability in his writings has not received much attention unlike his writings on socialism and Marxism. Harshvardhan discusses Bhagat Singh’s approach to caste as an ideological system in his opinion piece. It situates Bhagat Singh’s critique on caste in the Hindu religion and its principles. Bhagat Singh has also noted the consequence of viewing manual labour with contempt by sanctioning the communities involved in it to a lower status in society. His critique on privileged castes and their caste practices stand relevant till date.
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) degrades and deprives Adivasi children of their practices and culture, argues professor Virginius. KISS and the broader community of anthropological researchers have long ignored the livelihood of Adivasi people in their actions and works similar to the colonialist anthropology project.
Prof Chinnaiah Jangam reflects about the naturalised upper-caste networks in the liberal JNU academic set-up and his exposure to the works of scholars like Gail Omvedt through the collections of fellow anti-caste underground libraries.