Dec 20, 2020 • 1HR 42M

Post-Colonial Absurdities, Post-Caste Delusions (w/ Yashica Dutt)

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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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