Read more: Book Review: Gendering Caste through a feminist lens by Uma Chakravarti
Caste has been made to be this ambiguous concept, painted by mainstream media and society to be almost holographic in nature. Thus a privileged individual grows up questioning if caste still exists or is it just an excuse for reservation and a term used to discredit merit? But what is caste and what does caste mean to a feminist? Uma Chakravarti in this book breaks down the internalised casteist notions and practices hidden behind the garb of tradition and ritual.
Read more: Viewing Caste as a Global Human Rights Crisis
Caste is a deeply embedded phenomenon in the social realities of the subcontinent, and while numerous practices under the ambit of caste are dehumanizing and restrict liberty of thought and movement, it is not clearly considered a human rights crisis by the Indian State.