Movies have always helped start a complex conversation on issues like caste,and made its complexities slightly easier to believe and swallow.
I am writing this for the 8-year-old child feeling ashamed and for women like my mother who made her child understand the implications of belonging to an oppressed lower caste.
Kerala is reeling under the shocking news that the First Additional Sessions Judge of the Special POCSO court (Protection of Children From Sexual Offenses Act) acquitted the four men accused of brutally raping and causing the deaths of two young Dalit sisters in Walayar, Palakkad district in 2017.
Perumal Murugan's Pyre is a story about Saroja and Kumaresan, a couple in love who marry each other. They belong to different castes and it eventually becomes a curse to their life.
How many times have you heard upper caste people say "ye quota wale hamari seats kha rahe hain" (these 'quota people' are stealing our seats) or "I am caste blind, everyone's equal for me"?
The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) is ready to launch its film society, named after Malayalam actress P K Rosy.
India boasts of the oldest and among the farthest-reaching set of affirmative action policies, enshrined within the constitution, created for the purpose of tackling caste-based discrimination and generations of injustice. Despite this, the goal of the annihilation of caste is far from being actualised.
Jyotsna Siddharth interviewed Niharika Singh for Dalit Feminism Archive to discuss issues of caste, appropriation, representation and feminism in Bollywood.
Bimala Maji was a peasant activist from Midnapur, Bengal who played a vital role in organising the peasant women into the Nari Bahini (tr. Women's militia) in the Tehbhaga Movement subverting her marginalisation as a lower class, Dalit child-widow into a position of power.
Khairlanji Massacre will continue to haunt us, makes us question where do we stand as a community and continue to ignite fire in masses to fight back, to take to the streets and to continue working for Babasaheb's dream of social justice.