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Caste Matters

Caste Matters

Suraj Yengde
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In this explosive book, Suraj Yengde, a first-generation Dalit scholar educated across continents, challenges deep-seated beliefs about caste and unpacks its many layers. He describes his gut-wrenching experiences of growing up in a Dalit basti, the multiple humiliations suffered by Dalits on a daily basis, and their incredible resilience enabled by love and humour. As he brings to light the immovable glass ceiling that exists for Dalits even in politics, bureaucracy and judiciary, Yengde provides an unflinchingly honest account of divisions within the Dalit community itself-from their internal caste divisions to the conduct of elite Dalits and their tokenized forms of modern-day untouchability-all operating under the inescapable influences of Brahminical doctrines.
This path-breaking book reveals how caste crushes human creativity and is disturbingly similar to other forms of oppression, such as race, class and gender. At once a reflection on inequality and a call to arms, Caste Matters argues that until Dalits lay claim to power and Brahmins join hands against Brahminism to effect real transformation, caste will continue to matter.

Imprint: Penguin Viking

Published: Jul/2019

ISBN: 9780670091225

Length : 304 Pages

Caste Matters

Suraj Yengde
Overview

In this explosive book, Suraj Yengde, a first-generation Dalit scholar educated across continents, challenges deep-seated beliefs about caste and unpacks its many layers. He describes his gut-wrenching experiences of growing up in a Dalit basti, the multiple humiliations suffered by Dalits on a daily basis, and their incredible resilience enabled by love and humour. As he brings to light the immovable glass ceiling that exists for Dalits even in politics, bureaucracy and judiciary, Yengde provides an unflinchingly honest account of divisions within the Dalit community itself-from their internal caste divisions to the conduct of elite Dalits and their tokenized forms of modern-day untouchability-all operating under the inescapable influences of Brahminical doctrines.
This path-breaking book reveals how caste crushes human creativity and is disturbingly similar to other forms of oppression, such as race, class and gender. At once a reflection on inequality and a call to arms, Caste Matters argues that until Dalits lay claim to power and Brahmins join hands against Brahminism to effect real transformation, caste will continue to matter.

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Suraj Yengde

Suraj Yengde is a non-resident fellow with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard, and an associate with the Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. His articles have featured in Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, Economic and Political Weekly, African Studies Quarterly, along with opinions in leading newsmagazines, Huffington Post, The Root, the Indian Express, the Conversation, the Mexican Times, Globe & Post, and Mail & Guardian. He is a young Dalit academic-activist involved in the Dalit diaspora movement. His forthcoming writings feature in South Asia, South African Historical Journal.

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