THE EIGHTH COLUMN

New India and the coming out of closet casteists

While upper caste Indians don’t acknowledge their caste privileges, intimidation and harassment of the marginalised in 'new India' have found a new collaborator in digital freedom. The upper castes’ hate against Dalits and the marginalised follows a pattern in which online tirade spirals into violent actions. According to a recent study, 40% of all casteist hate speech on Facebook India is “preoccupied with India’s affirmative action policy, known as reservation”. Click to read more.