Death of public reason

Print edition : September 02, 2016

Caste consciousness is a hurdle in the way of public reason becoming mature. Here, Santosh Singh, a man from Varanasi, who is on a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to prove that he is still alive. Allegedly, his marriage to a Dalit woman angered his relatives who conspired with officials to declare him dead and rob him of his 12-acres of land. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP

The continuing atrocities against Dalits, including the recent one in Una, Gujarat, and the lack of public outrage are indicative of the death of a consensual common political ground where universal principles such as dignity, self-respect and social justice can be affirmed.
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