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Panel Discussion – Caste, Indigeneity, Region, and Settler/Colonialism in Modi’s India
October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This panel considers the complex entanglement of caste, indigeneity, region, and settler/colonialisms under Hindutva rule in Modi’s India. Our work interrogates how caste crucially distinguishes Hindutva rule as an upper-caste project, the ways in which prior identity formations in various regions of India variably shape the fallout of Hindutva ideology, and the implications of ongoing projects of settler/colonialism and contested claims around indigeneity have been intensified and even co-opted under the banner of Modi’s India. Towards this end, the panel specifically explores the role of media narratives, post-2016 legislation, and the fraught semantics of indigeneity that remain bound to the religious communalism of Partition and regional claims of continued coloniality.
Santhosh Chandrashekar (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, University of Denver)
Reema Rajbanshi (Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Haverford College)
Dheepa Sundaram (Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of Denver)
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