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Living with the Caste: Everyday Life & Politics in Bihar

  Living with the Caste: Everyday Life & Politics in Bihar I was in my native village in East Champaran, near the Indo-Nepal border. One day, I travelled to Bettiah and Bagaha to learn about a social venture initiated by our friend. I will write more about that mission later, but for now, I want to share something else. My friend sent a car for me to reach his place; this journey took over two hours. During the trip, I asked the driver his name. He politely shared his name (Mohan) & proudly mentioned his caste identity, Bania. This led to an endless conversation about caste, party politics and social justice in everyday life while our wheels were moving towards the destination.   When I proposed the subject of caste with him to share his thoughts, he keenly stated, "Sir, before Lalu Yadav's government in Bihar, our caste faced enormous challenges as a lower caste." He went on without stopping, and I was extremely fascinated by his perspective and underst

Hul Diwas: Remembering the Santal rebellion against the British

Today marks the Hul Day, commemorating a pivotal event on June 30, 1855, at Bhognadih in Sahebganj district . On this day, thousands of Santhals rose up in defiance, their war cries echoing a call for revolution. "Hul" signifies a fight for freedom, and this day stands as a testament to the fierce resistance of the Adivasis against oppressive colonial policies, exploitative moneylenders, and the Dikus—oppressors from outside their community. The contribution of the Adivasi’s have been largely erased from historical writing as well from imagination of popular culture of the county.    The rich history of Adivasi resistance is often overlooked, and the brave leaders of the Hul, Sidhu and Kanhu, remain underrepresented in historical texts. This marginalization underscores a fear of acknowledging the powerful legacy of Adivasi uprisings for their fight for justice and dignity. Long live our struggle, long live our Hul. Salutes to our sisters and brothers who have inspire