DALIT NATION takes its name from the self-determined name Dalit’s use instead of the term Untouchable. It means broken people, broken under caste but still determined to survive. In that spirit DALIT NATION is the blog of Thenmozhi Soundararajan. In addition to her own writings and work, it brings together scholars, artists, and activists with one goal: Eradicate Caste. Below are some of our contributors
Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a transmedia storyteller and technologist who believes story is the most important unit of social change. Her work has been recognized by the Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Chicken and Egg Foundation, The Annenberg Innovation Center, Slamdance, MIT Center for New Media Studies, The Sorbonne, Source Magazine, Utne Reader, The National Center for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Follow her work at her blog www.dalitnation.com or on twitter @dalitdiva
Vee Karunakaran is a Dalit woman scientist, writer and educator. She grew up in a strong Dalit activist household listening to stories and learning her people’s history of oppression. Outside that safe space, however, she experienced a profound lack of acknowledgement of the abusive structure of caste. She asserts that this attitude mounts an effective denial of not only her own existence, but of the some three thousand years of history of her people. To make herself visible as a Dalit woman, she constantly writes to educate and organizes around Dalit issues. She believes Dalit women asking questions and taking action can shake the foundations of caste feudalism. She is also a strong advocate for science and education as a means to dissolve old oppressive ideologies. She has a Masters from University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College. Her scientific achievements have been awarded by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, the Geisel Graduate Fellowship and won the Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation.
Christina Dhanaraj is a 2
2nd generation Christian Dalit woman from a semi-urban context in southern India. During her student days, She played an active role in the Student Christian Movement and AICUF, both of which helped her explore caste and discrimination from varied perspectives. She also presented and published papers on globalization, sexual violence, caste, and other issues that were relevant to the student community then. At present, She works as a business analyst. She is also part of a Tamil theatre group that stage plays relating to gender bias and violence against women. She is determined to personally grow into someone who is not ashamed of her context or her upbringing. She aims to empower Dalit students, and in particular Dalit women students, and help groom themselves into becoming powerful, strong & independent professionals. She has a masters in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore and is a recipient of the NUS research scholarship. She enjoys writing poetry and microfiction.