In this Independence Day special issue, Outlook turns its gaze on the virus of racism that we as a nation have failed to conquer. George Floyd is not just an American phenomenon. We too have a similar share of crying shame that shackles us from being truly free.
In Bihar, caste violence erupted like a plague in the late 1990s. There was the armed Ranvir Sena, composed mostly of Bhumihar landlords, baying for Dalit blood. And then there were retaliatory strikes of Maoist groups.
In India, marriage does not bind two individuals; it is an affair between two families often with the same social class and caste factors. Hence, finding a life partner is like an ordering from a menu intersected across social stereotypes.
This caste divide in Bengali society is responsible for the rise of the BJP in the state. Since 2012, the RSS has made great inroads by community outreach initiatives in the clusters where Dalits and other marginalised groups are concentrated.
'Merely uttering such wrong words in the absence of any public view does not show any intention to humiliate the complainant who besides being Sarpanch, belongs to Scheduled Caste community,' the court said.
It is beyond comprehension why the classification of categories needs to be made public in our universities. The identification of one’s caste, much like that of race, sex, or even gender, is a private matter.