Scholarly debates on Caste range from the arguments of its decline to its reassertion. The 'field' provides us with enough data to support whatever view we tend to hold on the topic. The talk, based on the speaker's extensive travels in Uttar Pradesh, will focus on how social, economic and political forces have come to define, dominate and reshape Caste in ways that deserve serious attention from scholars as well as policymakers.
Chandra Bhan Prasad is a well-known writer, public intellectual and a businessman. His intellectual courage and his convictions have enriched public debate on most pressing issues like Caste, Capitalism and the place of Dalits in society. He is a passionate advocate of English education for the masses. He is a mentor and an intellectual force behind the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).
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