A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

This is my shortest blog post ever. It is also very late. The reason why I am posting it is because my comment on the Kafila blog (of which renown Savarna feminist Professor Nivedita Menon is a member and co-Founder) is waiting for moderation - and I have doubts on whether it will be posted…Read more A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 2

This is a continuation of my rant about the casual casteism of liberals from Part 1 https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/12/12/liberals-and-the-complicity-in-casteism-part-1/ . I am sorry for the long gap in between, but well; I was busy with work - to compensate for the end-of-the-year vacation that I am gonna take. Like I mentioned earlier, I am an ex-liberal. Like most…Read more Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 2

Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 1

I am from a conservative Tamil Brahmin family, which has always leaned to the right (supporting BJP, RSS etc.). I  am privileged in four ways - gender (male), religion (Hindu), caste (Brahmin) and class (upper middle - class). I have been blind to most of these privileges. Because of the patriarchal structure of my family…Read more Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 1

A chaotic experience at Tiruchendur temple

As I head into a temple Standing tall with its gopuram Underlining its grandeur and monstrosity Luring the faithful and the besotted As an ocean opens its arms To invite the mighty ships To sail in its capricious waters Even the cynical and non-believing Can't help but turn their heads Letting their eyes widen and…Read more A chaotic experience at Tiruchendur temple