Category Archives: India

How the British got their caste law

This presentation, given at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London on 20 November 2019, explains how the anti-discrimination law in the UK came to include caste. It locates activism, led mainly by evangelical influence within churches, as … Continue reading

Posted in caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christianity, colonial conciousness, conversion, cultural diversity, dalits, descent discrimination, discrimination, discrimination law, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, India, Indian law, Marianne Keppens, Orientalism, Protestant Reformation, S.N. Balagangadhara, United Nations | Leave a comment

Western Foundations of the Caste System: A discussion on Meru Media

In this podcast interview, Prakash Shah speaks to Mukunda and Racchit about the caste system and its conceptual foundations in the Western world. We discuss the idea of the caste system and how it was developed through the West’s engagement … Continue reading

Posted in Brahmanism, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christianity, colonial conciousness, dalits, India, Indian law, Western culture | Leave a comment

Western Foundations of the Caste System: a conversation for New Books in Hindu Studies

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

Posted in caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christendom, Christianity, colonial conciousness, dalits, discrimination, discrimination law, Dunkin Jalki, Equality Act 2010, European culture, India, Indian law, Jakob de Roover, Marianne Keppens, Martin Farek, Orientalism, Protestant Reformation, Protestantism, S.N. Balagangadhara, Sufiya Pathan, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An outcast response to the Journal of Legal Pluralism special issue on ‘States of Occupation’

The article below, ‘Humpty Dumpty’s occupation’, is based on a rejected submission I had made to the Journal of Legal Pluralism. It is my response to a special issue of the Journal of Legal Pluralism (2017, Vol. 49, No. 3) … Continue reading

Posted in India, Indian law, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan, terrorism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Seminar: Designed to Fail? The Standard Story of Caste System and its Impact on Law

The seminar by Dr. Prakash Shah, ‘Designed to Fail? The Standard Story of Caste System and its Impact on Law’, is now available online. The seminar, given at Bengaluru, Karnataka on 20 February 2018, is introduced by Mathighatta S Chaitra, … Continue reading

Posted in Arohi Research Foundation, BJP, Brahmanism, Britain, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christianity, colonial conciousness, conversion, dalits, descent discrimination, discrimination law, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, India, Indian law, Jakob de Roover, Mathighatta S Chaitra, Orientalism, S.N. Balagangadhara, United Nations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma

Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma, Your article ‘Hindutva and historical revisionism’ has been described as an “excellent piece” by Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at Cambridge University. Journalist and historian, Andrew Whitehead, praised it as an “important … Continue reading

Posted in caste, caste system, Christianity, colonial conciousness, Dunkin Jalki, Edward Said, Gurminder Bhambra, Hindus, India, Orientalism, post-colonialism, S.N. Balagangadhara, Shalini Sharma, Western culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in academic freedom, BJP, colonial conciousness, European culture, Gurminder Bhambra, India, intellectuals, JNU, Muslims, Turkey, Western culture | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Britain, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christianity, conversion, dalits, descent discrimination, employment, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, ethnic origins discrimination, European culture, evangelism, Hindus, inculturation, India | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Why the British government should repeal the caste provision in the Equality Act 2010

ACLC Update, July 2015, on the implementation of the caste provision in section 9 of the Equality Act 2010 The ACLC (Anti Caste Legislation Committee) was brought together as a group of organisations and individuals to fight against the provision … Continue reading

Posted in anti-discrimination law, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, charities, Christianity, conversion, dalits, descent discrimination, employment, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, ethnic minorities, evangelism, Hindus, India, Indian law, Jains | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hindus and their vested interests: Caste and the National Secular Society

On 21 December 2014, the Sunday Times newspaper printed an article by the title “Cameron ‘blocks ban on caste bias’”. The article cites unnamed senior Whitehall sources who say that David Cameron has blocked a proposal to extend the discrimination … Continue reading

Posted in anti-discrimination law, Britain, caste, Christianity, conversion, dalits, discrimination, Equality Act 2010, Hindus, India, Jakob de Roover, Martin Farek, Orientalism, proselytism, religious conflict, religious minorities, S.N. Balagangadhara, Western culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment