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The lives that don’t natter: The Brahmin as a hate figure

The current hyperbolic preoccupation with race in the Anglosphere has provided an opportunity for some to link caste to race as though they are cognate phenomena of oppression. In the article at this link, it is argued that this coupling … 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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Is Myanmar destined for partition?

This article discusses a list of apparently separate developments that considered together may lead to the possible conclusion that a coordinated effort is underway to enable an argument for secession justified against the backdrop of grave violations of human rights … Continue reading

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What’s eating the United States?

Thinkers on the American left are producing diagnoses of why the United States and its political culture is more divided than united. The question, “what made the election of Donald Trump possible?” is the spark. Mark Lilla’s The Once and … Continue reading

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Caste in the time of identity politics

The reporting, both in the UK and in India, of the British Conservative government’s decision in July 2018 to repeal the UK Equality Act’s duty to incorporate caste as ‘an aspect of race’ is misleading. The dominant accounts would have … Continue reading

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Does Durkheim Enhance Our Understanding of Law and Religion?

In this lecture, given at the conference on “The Sacred and the Law. The Durkheimian Legacy” at the Kate Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, Bonn, 27-28. October 2015, I view Durkheim in two ways: … Continue reading

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Bharat Ek Chetna: A film

The film Bharat ek Chetna has been produced and directed by Dr Manish Pandit. It discusses the retrograde influence of leftist domination on Indian academia. The film begins with the 2016 protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi in … Continue reading

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Bhima-Koregaon Violence: Hatred Being Created Against Brahmins Using History

In this interview for News18 Prakash Shah reflects on what the controversy and violence around the Bhima-Koregaon incidents say about caste conflict in contemporary India, and its ramifications.

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Feminism as Retrogressive Identity Politics

In this article, Prakash Shah argues that Western feminism has become a part of broader identity politics that pits various groups in society against one another without resolution of their relations and that it is a sign of the decline … Continue reading

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The background to and consequences of the British law on caste discrimination

This talk by Dr. Prakash Shah of Queen Mary, University of London, was given at the roundtable on ‘Deconstructing Caste’ organised by Dr. Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, University of Birmingham, 14 July 2017. The video of the talk can be viewed here.

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