The more Kashmiri struggle gets visibility in India, more people in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and North-eastern India-in all these places questions will be asked. Also, their own nationality and sub-nationality questions will emerge.
If all your investments are going into tertiary care and transplants and you are not talking about how to prevent kidney disease then your pyramid gets inverted. So most of your interventions are at the top, which is at the tertiary level, so health care become very complicated, complex driven by the tertiary care model which is not sustainable. And certainly it will not help in terms of health as a larger social good.
The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies will organize a three-day national conference to revisit the question of sanitation, scavengers, government policies, linguistic and migrant identities, place of toilet in house constructions and in town planning and to debate the position of the manual scavengers and the association of the profession with the wider caste system.
Dalit Studies Collective and CSDS propose to hold a three day international conference (22-24 January 2018) that would serve as a platform for intense and productive debates on the prospects of Dalit Studies.
Marriage and sexuality, marriage and sexual control become a very important fulcrum for thinking about caste annihilation. That you cannot annihilate caste, this again i think is so very profound in anti-caste thought, that these are thinkers that think the intimacy of caste relationships. Because caste is about intimacy and it is about the withholding of intimacy and sociality from those with whom you could be intimate.
I think he sees Buddhist conversion not as religious conversion from one religion to another as we tent to see it. But, that it is a religious conversion that as per him poses the greatest challenge to the Hindu order. That is why I call it a more of a secular criticism, because it is then challenging Hinduism as an order of power.
Mattin was involved in social work and so the police had an eye on him and were harassing him a lot. He used to organise many programs and was very prominent. Since then, the Bajrang Dal have had an eye on him. They used to target him.
I would really think about caste as in it’s modern form, caste as a modern category that is related to the state. That is, that the state actually produces but is also affected by caste. And, that the colonial and capitalist modernity play a very very important role in transforming caste in the modern period for us.
From the very beginning that I began working here, myself and many like me were identified only as Chakkiliyars and were made to undertake this particular work (manual scavenging). Many had fallen sick and many died. Some are still working. The supervisor here considers only Chakkiliayars for this work. The management is also of the same thought.