Caste: In the United States of America

U.S.News. Civil Rights Era

In 1944, as WW11 raged across continents, the school district in Columbus, Ohio, held an essay competition, challenging students to address the question “What to do with Hitler after the War?” A sixteen-year-old African-American girl, thought long and hard about the question. …


‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on,’ but what happens when the parasites use people’s dreams against them?

We are such stuff as dreams are made on.’ ( The Tempest. Act 4. Scene 1).

Shakespeare could never have known how this line would transmute into the throbbing…


The nature of events in the world are so extreme and unbalanced, it feels as if we’ve reached a civilisational crisis

Nottingham Post

‘Kill the Bill,’ shout the protestors in English cities.

‘Death to the farm laws,’ cry Indian farmers, in their protest camps.

‘New Jim Crow laws,’ denounces the President of…


Voluntary servitude: when ‘the monstrous regiment of (Indian) women (farmers)’ chose to challenge!

In 1577, in France, a text was published covertly, written by Etienne de la Boétie, called The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, asking a question which rings through the centuries to this day. ‘…why is it that a…


Racketeering, Covid and the Old Boys Network powering Britain’s grisly death toll and calamitous government.

100 years ago: A Swiss poster on Proportional Representation.

Elections matter. As someone who lives in Britain, this may sound like a heartless statement in the wake of a 100,000 Covid deaths and rising. Should I really be thinking about hustings and votes, as…


We’re in the hands of politically primitive leaders who should be obsolete in the 21st century.

rt.com

We’re in the hands of primitive men. Two decades into the 21st century, the UK, the USA, and India, are ruled by men whose grasp of governance is so tribal, so corrupt, and so…


The Year 2020 just keeps on giving: Covid, Brexit, corruption, and a myriad other shocks to our system. So — let’s turn the dial, change the channel, and talk about the Punjabi farmers and their hazardous, determined odyssey to the capital of India.

The iconic moment Navdeep Singh, having climbed a high-sided police vehicle, jumped onto a water cannon truck, turned the water off, then jumped down onto a tractor, narrowly escaping capture by a police officer. Photo credit: Twitter/@Avantikatewari.

I write as the daughter of Punjabi…


No society can function successfully if its inequalities are unbridgeable.

Wales TUC General Secretary Savannah Taj. West Wales Chronicle

The Union Learning Fund may not sound exciting or dramatic but it’s in danger and we need to protect it. The highly successful ULF scheme has improved the lives of millions and given weight to the idea of self-determination, life-long learning, and reinforced the link between knowledge and opportunity. …


Virginity Tests, petrol bombs and school kids in the dock: racism in 1970s-80s Britian. Plus a bonus: a short story at the end.

Women in Southall. Homage to Blair Peach. Image: Socialist Worker

‘…Taj’s case, the Virk Brothers, ‘Southall riots’, virginity tests…’

‘Virginity tests!’ She exclaimed in horror at the other end of the line.

‘Oh yes,’ I asserted, ‘not…


With the highest Covid death toll in Europe, it’s time to hold England’s government to account.

(This article is solely about England. Excluding Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All figures are for 6thAugust 2020)

A government’s first duty is to protect its people.

As fireworks lit up the sky on…

ravinder randhawa

Author and blogger www.ravinderrandhawa.com. Love books, coffee, chai; intrigued by the idea of being human.

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