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Caste and Race: Discrimination Based on Descent

In 2001, Dalit non-governmental organisations pushed for the inclusion of caste-based discrimination in the United Nations conference on racism and other forms of descent-based discriminations. How did the Government of India respond to the internationalisation of casteism? Why did Dalits want casteism to be treated on par with racism in the first place? Did they succeed? And above all, is caste the same as race?

Remembering Mandela: Policies and Processes in Creating a Post-apartheid South Africa

Apartheid cannot be looked upon as an event in history, but rather as a system that continues to influence politics and society in South Africa today.

Reconciliation without Justice?

The Indo-South African Dialogue on Truth, Reconciliation and Human Rights which brought together academics and human rights activists from South Africa and India in an intimate encounter in Delhi recently raised issues that went beyond the South African experience and echoed the post-Iraq war global concerns about economic hegemony and military unilateralism in a unipolar world system.

Migration to Democratic South Africa

Since the 19th century, South Africa's economy has been sustained by the migration of cheap labour from neighbouring countries. But the end of apartheid, the consequent search for a new national identity and the accompanying tensions of a nation in transition have also fuelled deep suspicion and hostility against such migrants, who are now viewed increasingly as 'aliens'.

Between Truth and Reconciliation

Drawing on the discourse of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, this essay reflects on some experiments in truth and conflict resolution on the borders of theatre and public culture. By calling attention to the interstitial space between truth and reconciliation, it posits new points of departure in reflecting on the tensions of 'factual truth' and 'personal or narrative truth'; memory and evidence; victimhood and resistance; silence and articulation. Working through the non-verbal and gestural dimensions of different performances and testimonials relating to violence, the essay affirms the need for new languages in dealing with the historical traumas of the past. Questioning the validity of commemorating the pain of entire communities through memorial museums, it recontextualises the possibilities of reconciliation beyond the limited time-frame of Truth Commissions into a more dialogic confrontation of the unease underlying any struggle for 'transitional justice'.

Caste and Race: Discrimination by any Name

Racism was as uniquely institutionalised in South Africa as caste discrimination has been within the Hindu social order. Why then can we not permit the world community to express itself on the latter as we have, through the years, on the former?

Israel: The Torch Is Lit

Apartheid Israel depends on cheap Palestine labour and any attempt to 'box in' the Palestinian workforce would spark social outbursts throughout west Asia that would threaten not only Gulf oil supplies but the US-supported political structures of the Arab states as well.

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