फिल्म पार्च्ड और स्त्रीवाद: क्या सब औरतों की कहानी एक है?
(This article first appeared here in Round Table India on October 17, 2016)
कई दिनों से देख रही हूँ कि हमारे दलित-बहुजन साथी लीना यादव की फिल्म Parched की तारीफ कर रहे हैं। मेरे इस आलेख का आधार इस फिल्म की विषयवस्तु और इसके निर्देशक का साक्षात्कार है (देखें National Dastak, You Tube)।i
फिल्म लज्जो, बिजली, रानी नामक तीन तथाकथित ‘ग्रामीण’ महिला किरदारों की कहानी है। लज्जो ‘बाँझ’ है, रानी ‘विधवा’ है और बिजली ‘डांसर व सेक्स वर्कर’ है। लीना यादव कहती हैं कि उन्हें इस फिल्म को बनान…
Sairat Does Not Depict Gender-Role Reversal
Sairat (Marathi, 2016) would be the best text to examine if one is looking for the intersectionality of caste, class and gender in modern India. There have been attempts to see Archie (Archana Patil), the heroine, as transgressing the gender stereotypes or even reversing gender roles. Rather than the reversal of the gender roles, we see how caste-marked individuals perform gender differently. It’s very interesting to note how the heroine, Archie gets established in the film. In t…
Is Caste the Ideology that Underlies ‘Ragging’?
This article first appeared here in Utharakalam, and has been translated by Sruthi Herbert.
A new generation of people from the marginalized sections of Indian society have entered educational institutions, surmounting their material poverty and backwardness. At this stage, the most difficult problem that they encounter in these institutes are the constant questions about caste and ‘reservation’. ‘Ragging’ is the name that the society has given to this assault and humiliation. Ragg…
I dare say ‘I am Ambedkar.'
I met Babasaheb for the first time probably in my mother’s womb. Making such a lofty claim in naive vanity is not what I wish to do here. I am aware that I am certainly not the only one to have felt such an early connection with Babasaheb. Rather, I wish to emphasize with pride that Babasaheb is passed on to its next generation from the time it is an embryo through the rich oral tradition of my community. For me, growing up was about knowing the varied facets of Babasaheb’s persona…
Some Personal Questions to My Caste Folks
This article first appeared in Round Table India (Hindi) here, and has been translated by Rahi Gaikwad.
I am not a Dalit, but since childhood I was aware that I was not from a ‘good caste’. I spent my childhood (in the 90s) in a coalfield town of Singrauli in a cheap housing colony, where my father worked as a security guard. This barrack-like colony is at the tail end of the township, which was also called ‘lower colony’. The coalfield’s sweepers, security guards, drivers lived her…
For the Mook Nayak
My earliest encounter with caste was when my immediate family showed discomfort to disclose our caste. The rest of our world’s curiosity never ended there, they kept asking directly and indirectly and we kept laughing it off. When asked why we had to be elusive about it, I was told that the world wouldn’t be the same if others knew that we were Dalits. Anticipating hostility and ridiculing, I conformed to the rule of not disclosing my caste identity. Although my caste details w…
How is the Present-Day Woman Oppressed?
This article first appeared in Round Table India (Hindi) here, and has been translated by Kanika Sori.
I have been a student of journalism; technically speaking, I hold a degree in Journalism and consequently have worked in many media houses, but had to resign every time. Sometimes because of the caste based prejudices, other times for not wanting to undermine my principles. In some of these places I also had a good working environment and a good salary but even in those places, …
Where are the Women professors from the SC/ST/OBC categories?
Speech made at the protest organised by United OBC Forum and BAPSA on 9th June, 2016 against the discriminatory Anti-OBC Reservation circular of UGC/MHRD which denies OBC reservations in Faculty Recruitments and Promotions.
Jai Bhim Friends,
I will only take a few minutes of your time. Speakers before me have placed their important points on the issues of OBC reservation in Higher Education and Faculty Recruitment and spoken about the new Anti-OBC Reservation circular by UGC/…
Why are Folks So Inclined to Speak for and Erase Dalit People's Wisdom?
There has been a recent spate of speculative publications on Dalit women by anyone and everyone to validate themselves as academics, journalists, editorial writers, policy experts, global anti caste consultants, subaltern studies space makers and global solidarity town criers etc. Majority of these folk creep on the walls of Dalit women, breeze through Savari, RTI and other such valid publications and create master mix versions that are devoid of the Dalit voices and the truths t…
When Victims and Their Families Ask Media to Back Off, Do That
Deepa, the sister of the Dalit woman who was killed in a gruesome manner inside her home in Perumbavoor has been in the midst of media speculations. Various news outlets, in the past few days, published articles in what can only be called as a media trial of the family of the victim. (For example, see here, here, and here.) In the YouTube video below, Deepa talks to a bunch of reporters at the hospital where her mother is being treated, and responds to being mobbed with such allegations and que…