The Convergence of Two Disasters in East India

Cyclone Amphan touched down in late May as one of the most powerful recorded storms in India’s history, causing devastation in the Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, as well as parts of Bangladesh. “Thousands of electric poles were broken down, leaving most of Kolkata without power for at least a day. In some areas, I heard that power didn’t come back for weeks. … Continue reading The Convergence of Two Disasters in East India

Casteism and the Making of Modern Tamil Nadu

A quick Google search for “caste” brings up a four-tiered pyramid with Brahmins (priests and teachers), Kshatriyas (warriors and rulers), Vaishyas (farmers, traders, and merchants), and Shudras (laborers). These four upper-caste varnas together are referred to as savarnas. Below these four tiers (avarna), are the Dalits, subject to the harshest forms of oppression. Continue reading Casteism and the Making of Modern Tamil Nadu