Tag Archives: Orientalism

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

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

Posted in caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christendom, Christianity, colonial conciousness, conversion, dalits, Dunkin Jalki, Jakob de Roover, Martin Farek, Orientalism, S.N. Balagangadhara, Sufiya Pathan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Caste, critique and colonial consciousness: A response to Meena Dhanda

The article at this link is a response to Meena Dhanda’s article “Anti-castism and misplaced nativism: Mapping caste as an aspect of race” in the July/August 2015 issue of the British based journal Radical Philosophy. It proclaims itself to be the … Continue reading

Posted in Ambedkar, anti-discrimination law, Britain, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christianity, colonial conciousness, descent discrimination, discrimination law, Edward Said, employment, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, ethnic minorities, ethnic origins discrimination, Gandhi, S.N. Balagangadhara | 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

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

Posted in academic freedom, Aryan immigration, Brahmanism, Britain, caste, caste system, Christendom, colonial conciousness, conversion, dalits, Edward Said, Equality Act 2010, European culture, Hindus, intellectuals, Islam, Islamic colonialism, Narendra Modi, Orientalism, S.N. Balagangadhara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Response to two Reports on Caste by the Equality and Human Rights Commission

The following text is a response by a number of signatory Indian organisations in Britain to two academic reports commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The Reports, Caste in Britain: Socio-legal Review (Research Report 91) and Caste … Continue reading

Posted in caste, Christianity, colonial conciousness, cultural diversity, diasporas, discrimination, employment, Equality Act 2010, ethnic minorities, Hindus, India, Islam, minorities, Muslims, Orientalism, religion, religious minorities, Roger Ballard, S.N. Balagangadhara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The moral basis of anti-caste legislation

In this comment, I draw attention to why legislation against caste discrimination came to be passed in 2013 even though a serious case for it had not been established. Drawing on parliamentary debates, this short article explains the push to … Continue reading

Posted in anti-discrimination law, Britain, caste, Christianity, colonial conciousness, diasporas, discrimination, Edward Said, ethnic minorities, evangelism, Hindus, India, minorities, Orientalism, S.N. Balagangadhara, Sikhs | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment