The Trauma of Caste
A searing new book by Dalit American activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan has laid bare Hinduism’s dirty secret: caste apartheid. Born into a family hailing from India’s lowest caste, Soundararjan was traumatized as a child born to immigrants in Southern California when she found out what her parents’ religion had prescribed for her, and when she saw how caste-privileged Indian Americans began treating her. As an adult, she has taken on caste apartheid inside and outside India–and become the target of a violent backlash against Dalits.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan is the founder and executive director of Equality Labs, a Dalit civil rights organization. I spoke with her for Yes! Magazine about her new book, The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition.
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