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Pariyerum Perumal: On the caste reality of South Tamil Nadu

 

Deivendra Kumar A

Deivendra Kumar A

Indian cinema, born under the clutches of imperialism, had undoubtedly maintained the space or difference between the elites and the marginalised. In recent years, the audience as well as the cinema industry have made a gradual but apparent shift in the screen space for sharing the voice of the voiceless in mainstream cinema and celebrating identity and in understanding film critically.

Caste has been considered as one of the elements of oppression in the society. Caste stratification attached with religion, particularly the varna system in Hinduism, is undeniably a benchmark of the Hindu society to establish caste differentiation. When it comes to Tamil Cinema, it showcased caste either as glorification of the elites and intermediate castes or as eradication of the prevailing caste system. Many scholars in the domain of caste and cinema opine that films try to eradicate caste dominance between the higher and submissive caste groups, but it is very rarely represented in mainstream Tamil Cinema.

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India Oh India!

 

 Nourin N K

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India Oh India!

Let me call you out-
by your name
At last.
India Oh! India!
My father's wallet is
Still on quarantine,
Sick and cold
We chant "achhe din aayega"
To heal what's stuck
In our throat.

What was it? I wonder!
My caste? My religion? My rights?
Oh! How easily I forget,
One after the other
Like my aunt's unending bitching,
The subject changed

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United by Brahmanwad: Ravish Kumar and Kanhaiya Kumar

 

Vikash Kumar & Ritu

ritu and vikashThe so-called famous youth leader Kanhaiya Kumar got his fame from the 9th February 2016 incidence of JNU. He was the then president of JNUSU. In 2016 it was said that the innocent Kanhaiya has been forcefully dragged into fabricated controversies and the left-liberal media showed a sympathetic attitude towards him. The very incident led him to the larger politics of India and he became a spokesperson of JNU. He was invited on several platforms and labelled by the media as a good orator and a future leader.

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Delhi university must reinstate the removed texts and Apologize-Dalit intellectual collective

 

Dalit Intellectual Collective

With the select removal of texts by three towering writers in Bengali and Tamil: Mahashweta Devi, Bama and Sukirtharani, from Delhi University English Honours syllabus, the exertion of Brahmanical, patriarchal, communal prejudice and domination in higher education once again becomes painfully visible. These authors' writings accentuate the life-narratives of Adivasis, Dalits, marginalized women and minorities. They have been translated into many languages and have been read, taught and discussed across the world for many years now, including in many international universities.      

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It is hence bewildering that the short story "Draupadi," selections from the novel Sangati (Events), and two poems:"Kaimaru" (Debt) and "En Udal" (My Body) were abruptly removed by the Academic Council on the recommendations of its Oversight Committee despite opposition from at least sixteen of its council members. These literary texts speak of the resistance of Adivasi women against state oppression, the discriminatory travails of Dalit women in caste-infected Indian villages, and the searing injustice of manual scavenging. The council, however, claimed that these texts "hurt the sentiments" and "(are not) inclusive in nature to depict the true picture of the society" and provided these as reasons for their removal from the syllabus.

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The Savarna Bhaskar politics

 

  Deepali Salve

deepali salveWe recently saw Swara Bhaskar's public display of 'grihapravesh' rituals following the norms and traditions of Hinduism. They were presided upon by a Brahmin priest, upholding the systematic exploitation of caste, class and gender.

 

There is nothing wrong with this religious display - it has been kept alive for the sake of the self-interest of the Brahminical lobby (practicing discrimination,hierarchy and patriarchy), which consists seemingly progressive people like Swara, who is  fertilising the norms and traditions of Hinduism.

 

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Bigg Boss – A peek into the vacuous lives of Savarnas

 

  Chanchal Kumar

chanchalThe concept behind Bigg Boss is simple, and the title is borrowed from the George Orwell novel 1984. A group of random (mostly) savarna celebrities inhabit a house for a short and fixed period of time, wherein they are expected to interact with each other, follow certain rules and perform “tasks”.

At the end of the stipulated time period, one individual becomes the winner and is gifted a certain amount of money.

The show has been extremely popular among viewers for the often hilarious and controversial moments that ensue, when two celebrities do not get along with each other. What is especially interesting to watch from a sociological point of view is how the many contestants, belonging to the cream of Indian public life conduct themselves and react to the “challenges” that are put before them by the show’s creators. Although it is emotionally draining, it gives the viewer a glimpse into the daily lives of those people who are always exceedingly privileged in some way or another.

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Indian Ethical Thought And Its Discontents: Shenanigans Of The Great International Shashi Tharoor

 

Umar Nizarudeen

Umar NizarI am also surprised at the praise for this book from a sensible social science scholar like Neera Chandhoke, in another review. Caste-blind scholarship which draws a quick distinction between Hinduism and Hindutva is forcing the Congress of Rahul Gandhi to own Hinduism, as a strategy to bring the Congress back to power. While Rahul Gandhi calls himself Brahmin and presents himself as a temple-going Hindu, the Shudra upper caste Tharoor tries to provide a theoretical framework to 'Congress Hinduism' against the BJP's Hindutva.

 --Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/shashi-tharoor-review-why-i-am-a-hindu-5109392/

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