Category Archives: Orientalism

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

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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

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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

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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

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Foundations of the Caste System

In caste studies today there is certainty about the existence of a caste system in India. This certainty extends to the existence of such a system in the Indian diaspora. However, whenever an assessment is attempted as to what the … Continue reading

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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

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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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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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Call out the Christian churches on the caste system

A Question for Short Debate (QSD) on poverty and caste discrimination in India has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 November in the British House of Lords. Lord Harries, a former Anglican Bishop and currently a Fellow and an Honorary Professor … 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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