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Criminalisation of anti-caste research and activism in India
Anti-caste academic research and activism in India are increasingly threatened with criminalisation and surveillance from the state: from the arrests of academics and students to the militarisation of campuses, from the banning of books, plays and film screenings to the censorship of activities deemed as detrimental to the reputation of the government. The persecution of academic-activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence is a case in point. Other examples include the specific targeting of anti-caste academics, in particular academics from Dalit and Bahujan backgrounds. Critics of corporate-friendly policies and actions of the government, public intellectuals who take the side of the poorest rural communities and join their struggles against dislocation, land expropriation and ecological destruction, are also regularly attacked and threatened.

Anjali Arondekar, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, and founding Co-Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dontha Prashanth, Research Scholar at School of Economics, University of Hyderabad
Uma Chakravarti, Feminist Historian and Filmmaker, Delhi

Moderation: Arun Asokan, Post-Doctoral Fellow, History and Philosophy of Mathematics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Mar 27, 2021 08:00 PM in India

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