The best opinion reads of the weekend, curated just for you
Rahul Verma, in his opinion piece for Hindustan times, argues that measures such as sub-categorization and a caste census will have a profound, but unpredictable impact, and can potentially “irreversibly change the nature and character of Indian democracy.”
Tracing the political developments that led to the burgeoning debate over a caste census, he also argues that “it is not clear at this time who the eventual winners and losers will be.” This, he says, is due to a range of factors, including how political stampede shapes the mechanics of the caste census.
Expressing fears about a caste count in a census resulting in “a million mutinies,” Verma also writes:
Divya Goyal, in an article for Indian express, untangles the identity enigma often imposed on Sikhs and Afghan Hindus. Many of them claim, “‘We are Afghans’ and not ‘Indians’ or ‘Hindustanis’,” and while their clothing, language, food and culture all carry a distinct Afghan identity, Goyal observes. : “The reality is that, as with most communities, history is linked.
The author thus examines their unique identities – reflecting on how many of them had to evacuate their homeland recently – and writes:
Sandip Roy, in an opinion piece for India time, looks at the ‘curry’ conflict that caused much discontent among Indians and fans of Indian food, after award-winning Pulitzer columnist Gene Weingarten denounced Indian cuisine. Roy also blames the oversimplification of Indian cuisine on the power of curry and traces the genesis of its popularity back to the ‘Victorian memsahibs’.