Category Archives: European culture

Western Foundations of the Caste System: a conversation

The Indian caste system is an ancient, pervasive institution of social organization within the subcontinent – or is it? Dr. Prakash Shah (Reader in Culture and Law at Queen Mary, University of London, UK) speaks to Dr. Raj Balkaran, the host … Continue reading

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Are Academics for Peace?

It’s not often that I have to defend myself against personal attacks by fellow academics, overwhelmingly made behind my back, the existence of which has since been brought to my attention. Yet it has come to this point within a … Continue reading

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What’s caste got to do with it? Deception and the law on caste discrimination

In their relentless pursuit, it is striking how little the protagonists promoting legal reform against caste discrimination in the UK care for truth or rigour of argument. This extends to those working in the legal domain including parliamentarians who pass … Continue reading

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Intellectuals and the Indian traditions

Indian traditions are not infrequently called into question, critiqued, stereotyped, suppressed and negatively affected in many other ways. In fact, one may say that it is a general part of the experience of someone who follows the Indian traditions. The … Continue reading

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Is caste already part of UK equality law?

This comment summarizes and offers some reflections on the case of Chandhok & Anor v Tirkey (Race Discrimination) [2014] UKEAT 0190_14_1912, decided on 19 December 2014. It is an early Christmas present for the Indian communities in Britain since it … Continue reading

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UK caste discrimination legislation: Implications for Indian community organisations

The Equality Act 2010 creates a potential new ground of legal action for discrimination on grounds of ‘caste’. Section 9(5) of the Equality Act provides the power to make a statutory instrument for caste to be “an aspect of race”. … Continue reading

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Toleration: Opportunities and Strains of a Historic European Ideal

Read here: Synergy Magazine of the European Law Students’ Association, No. 56  

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