In Episode 3 I'm going to be talking about Ambedkar’s disavowal of liberal politics and his critique of liberalism as a whole.
I’m joined by Bhawna (@bhawna_dhaania), a radical Ambedkarite, a feminist and an admin of the Spoilt Modern Indian Woman page (@spoiltmodernindianwoman), to talk about the role of humour and satire in broadening people’s political understandings as well as the importance of leisure.
Describing this episode makes it seem disjointed but like most fields of existence under a cruel system are deeply connected by it. In response to the current administration tightening its grip, and increasing its authoritarianism - conversation, critique and no small amount of attention have been shifted on to their incursions on digital privacy and freedom. However, these ‘public’ discussions and awareness-raising largely forgets that these systemic intrusions were and are disproportionately shouldered by Dalit communities/people. Their rights get impinged at a far greater level and a lot earlier than those of Savarnas and yet digital privacy only seems to matter when it affects them.
These may well be Orwellian times, but fortunately, we do have access to Ambedkarite thinking, and community to show us the way out - or in the absence of that, at least provide a clear unflinching lens to see through the smog of liberal politicking.
Thanks so much to GRAVITY @whoisgravity for letting me use 'Saazish' in my outro!
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