Caste Matters – Book Launch
July 19, 2019 7:00 pm Friday
Lamakaan invites one and all to the launch of the book ” Caste Matters” authored by Suraj Yengde. The launch will be followed by a panel discussion.
About the book: n this explosive book, Suraj Yengde, a first-generation Dalit scholar educated across continents, challenges deep-seated beliefs about caste and unpacks its many layers. He describes his gut-wrenching experiences of growing up in a Dalit basti, the multiple humiliations suffered by Dalits on a daily basis, and their incredible resilience enabled by love and humour. As he brings to light the immovable glass ceiling that exists for Dalits even in politics, bureaucracy and judiciary, Yengde provides an unflinchingly honest account of divisions within the Dalit community itself-from their internal caste divisions to the conduct of elite Dalits and their tokenized forms of modern-day untouchability-all operating under the inescapable influences of Brahminical doctrines. This path-breaking book reveals how caste crushes human creativity and is disturbingly similar to other forms of oppression, such as race, class and gender. At once a reflection on inequality and a call to arms, Caste Matters argues that until Dalits lay claim to power and Brahmins join hands against Brahminism to effect real transformation, caste will continue to matter.
About the Author: Suraj Yengde is a Shorenstein Center inaugural post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked with leading international organizations in Geneva, London and New York, and is associate editor of Caste: A Global Journal of Social Exclusion. His writings have featured in India Today, the Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Economic and Political Weekly, Huffington Post, the Conversation, Globe Post, Mail and Guardian, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, and Social Transformations, among other leading publications.
The Discussants are: 1. Prof Kancha Illaiah Shepard 2. Dr. Manisha Bangar Hepatologist, Socio-political Analyst, International speaker on Bahujan Rights, National Vice President People’s Party of India-Democratic, Former National Vice President BAMCEF. 3. Prashanth Dontha, HCU
ALL ARE WELCOME. ENTRY IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
The Future of Indian Economy
July 12, 2019 7:00 pm Friday
Vamsi Vakulabharanam Associate Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts, Amherst
In the recently concluded Indian election, economic factors did not play a decisive role. Despite a faltering economy, BJP returned to power with an enhanced majority. Political and cultural factors seemingly played a much more central role in the determination of the election outcome. What is in store over the next five years? Will economic factors become central once again? What kind of an economy can we expect in the near future? What indications can be gleaned from the newly minted 2019 budget? What are the emergent economic faultlines of the Indian economy?
12th July 2019 7:00pm
Sports Movie Month – Rudy (1993)
July 10, 2019 7:00 pm Wednesday
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of
playing for Notre Dame. Director: David Anspaugh Writer: Angelo Pizzo Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty