While the caste system has been formally abolished under the Indian Constitution, according to official statistics, every eighteen minutes a crime is committed in India on a dalit-untouchable.
The Persistence of Caste uses the shocking case of Khairlanji, the brutal murder of four members of a dalit family in 2006, to explode the myth that caste no longer matters. In this expose, Anand Teltumbde locates the crime within the political economy of post-Independence India and across the global Indian diaspora. This book demonstrates how caste has shown amazing resilience - surviving feudalism, capitalist industrialization and a republican constitution - to still be alive and well today, despite all denial, under neoliberal globalization.
This insightful new analysis not only provides a fascinating introduction to the issue of caste in a globalized world, but also sharpens our understanding of caste dynamics as they really exist.
Anand Teltumbde is a human rights activist, writer, commentator and analyst of the contemporary dalit and left movements.
1. Introduction: Caste: A Historical Outline 2. Beyond Varna: Caste in the 21st Century 3. The Political Economy: The Shaping of the Macabre Spectacle 4. Anti-Atrocity Law: Mitigation and its Malcontents 5. The Khairlanji Murders: Genealogy and Aftermath 6. Post-Khairlanji: A Chronicle of Repression 7. Mass Media: Massive Prejudice 8. Atrocities by the State: Neoliberalism, Naxalism and Dalits 9. Exploding Myths: Globalisation, Civil Society and the Bahujan