Dimensions of the Revolution against Casteism: Introduction

The UN Human Rights Commission in October 2009 declared casteism as a form of human rights abuse and has begun the process of criminalizing casteism. However, this will not end casteism in South Asia. The UN can only create a little pressure internationally. To annihilate casteism (jati pranasha), an internal revolution is required. Since the brutal Aryan invasions of India began nearly eight millennia ago, countless individuals have fought and died against Vedic varna racism and Puranic casteism. By briefly studying the legacy of a few of these heroes, we seek to explore the different dimensions of the viplava (revolution) against casteism.  In the past, movements have been primarily in one or two dimensions. Today we need revolutionary struggle in all dimensions in order to make a casteless society a practical reality.

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