Coalition of Hindus of North America

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influencing the education system

Education is a central value for a vast swath of the Hindu American community. A large number of second and third generation Hindu Americans are either in, or poised to enter universities in the coming years. 

Most are unfamiliar with ‘caste’ identities and politics or its imprint on modern society both in the Indian subcontinent. 

What does a selective and discriminatory reintroduction of similar ‘caste’ dynamics in American universities mean for them as Hindus? What can they do to stay informed, understand and navigate these attempts to saddle them with a personal identity that is essentially alien to them?

Real Life Examples

Repurposing Hate and Hinduphobia – The UC Davis “Caste” Resolution – CoHNA

Far from fighting discrimination, the ASUCD senate resolution...

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CoHNA’s response to the Cal Poly resolution on “Caste.”

On April 10, the California State Student Association (CSSA), a body claiming to represent 482,000 students..

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Harvard’s problematic announcement of “Caste” Bias Protections for Graduate Students

Harvard recently announced "Caste" Bias Protection for Graduate Students..

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Constructing “Caste” in California – Best Indian American Magazine | San Jose CA | India Currents

Earlier this year, the California State University (CSU) System Board of Trustees voted...

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The Invention of Caste: Civil Society in Colonial India

Nicholas B Dirks, 1998 Working Paper, University of Michigan

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Is Caste System Intrinsic to Hinduism? Demolishing a Myth

M.V. Nadkarni, Economic and Political Weekly, 38(45), 4783-4793, 2003 JSTOR

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Orientalist Constructions of India

Ronald Inden, Modern Asian Studies Vol. 20, No. 3 (1986), pp. 401-446, JSTOR

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The Indian Caste System and The British

Ethnographic Mapping and the Construction of the British Census in India – Kevin Hobson, britishempire.co.uk

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Is a Theory of Caste still Possible?

Declan Quigley, Social Evolution & History, Vol. 1 No. 1, July 2002 140–170, ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House

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Caste(s): Through the Archetypal ‘Orientalist’ Predicament of Sociology on India

Bula Bhadra, University of Calcutta, Indian Sociological Society

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Census in Colonial India and the Birth of Caste

Padmanabh Samarendra, Economic and Political Weekly, xlvi:33, August 13, 2011, pp. 51-58. Academia.edu

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‘Untouchable’: What is in a Name?

Simon Charsley, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Vol. 2, No. 1 (Mar., 1996), pp. 1-23, JSTOR

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Breaking down the Carnegie Endowment’s 2020 Indian American Survey

Pushpita Prasad and Nikunj Trivedi, June 15, 2021

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Kerala Dalit priests: ‘Any Hindu can be a Brahmin’

Shaju Philip, The Indian Express, June 26, 2018

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Dalits, Kinnars find rightful place at Kumbh Mela

A follower has just entered the tent of Juna Akhara’s first..

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Constructing “Caste” in California

Vijendra Aggarwal, India Currents April 5, 2022

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Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India

Nicholas B. Dirks, Princeton University Press, 2001

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Imagining India

Ronald Inden, Indiana University Press, 5th Edition, 2001

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The Interpretation of Caste

Declan Quigley, Oxford University Press, 1999

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Breaking India: Western Interventions In Dravidian And Dalit Faultlines

Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan Amaryllis, 2012

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Western Foundations of the Caste System

Martin Fárek, Dunkin Jalki, Sufiya Pathan, Prakash Shah. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

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