Post-Colonial Absurdities, Post-Caste Delusions (w/ Yashica Dutt)
Indian journalist Yashica Dutt joins us to talk about her memoir, Coming out as Dalit, where she details her journey from rejecting and hiding her "lower-caste" status to embracing it and advocating for Dalit rights. Weaving between Yashica's personal story and India's political history, we cover everything from pre-colonial inequalities, colonial atrocities, post-colonial absurdities, and current-day injustices (from India to Silicon Valley). Oh, and we get Yashica's not-hot take on Isabel Wilkerson's book, too.
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On the agenda:
Hiding my caste and "passing" [7:17]
Reservation and its discontents [21:42]
The absurdities of post-colonial studies [29:13]
Gandhi, not a great guy [39:34]
The backlash to progressive values [52:30]
The conversation about caste vs. race [1:09:09]
Casteism in Silicon Valley [1:22:43]
Isabel Wilkerson's Americanized lens [1:29:09]
Coming out as Dalit [1:35:38]
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