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Remembering Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

By Sabzar Ahmad Bhat
If we want to usher in social and political change, we must adhere to his teaching: educate, agitate, and organize. That is the only way for the empowerment of the downtrodden.

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“Why Love matters for Justice”

By Urba Malik
The very idea of loving beyond the traditionally set parameters of caste, religion, class or color is liberating, not humiliating for us. In fact, what is humiliating is the idea of constraining one’s emotions under the garb of societal honor; what is insulting is the exercise of societal control over someone’s choice.

Caste among Indian Muslims

By Kouser Fathima
The benefit of reservation has made Muslims declare their caste openly. Since most in these categories are still economically backward, many Indian Muslims stick to caste markers to avail the benefits of reservation.

A Response to the Ambedkar Reading Group

By Souradeep Roy
This is a response to the ‘Statement on Student Protest’ by the Ambedkar Reading Group and some other points of discourse. The Ambedkar Reading Group alleges that the language and manner of protests carried out by the students of MA English, University of Delhi, is casteist. The critique in my article makes a close reading of the ARG’s concerns and accepts that casteist remarks were indeed made by students. This piece largely argues that both the ARG and the students are against one common enemy: the brahminical system of appointments.

Obituary: Remembering Sharmila Rege (1964 – 2013)

By Deepa Sreenivas
By all accounts, Sharmila and her colleagues at the Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre re-made this terrain, infusing every classroom and every text with the spirit of feminist pedagogy. This is evident from the fact that a large number of theoretical texts were translated from English to Marathi so as to make them accessible to students from the vernacular medium.