Caste is a historically rooted source of discrimination that creates hierarchies and modalities of inclusion and exclusion. With roots in India and Hindu society, it is a modality of discrimination visible in countries across South Asia. Isabel Wilkerson, in her book, draws on caste-based discrimination to describe the experiences of racism in the United States. In this compelling book, she argues how the eight pillars of caste are seen in how discrimination based on race is practiced in the United States.

In this event, the speakers will share their reading of Isabel Wilkerson’s book based on their ongoing scholarship and lived experiences of discrimination in India and the United States. This comparative reading will aim to understand the contribution this book makes, whether the argument resonates and how discrimination based on caste and race carries similarities, differences, and the future of mobilization in both countries against these forms of discrimination.

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