Gender and caste inequality could hobble our economy
The Hathras case telescopes dismal social conditions that might get in the way of India’s emergence
After a summer in the US defined by protests against racism after cases such as the killing of George Floyd by a police officer kneeling on his neck, Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste: The Lies that Divide Us, ought not to shock anyone quite as much as it does. The accounts of lynchings and murders of African-American men for such trespasses a century ago as writing a flirtatious note to a woman colleague of a different race, as happened in one instance, are critical in understanding part of US President Donald Trump’s appeal. It is not coincidental that Trump’s first political “success" was the lie that Barack Obama was not born in the US.