Arnav Das Sharma

Arnav Das Sharma is an independent journalist and a doctoral fellow at the Delhi School of Economics. He writes on cinema, literature, caste politics and music. He is currently working on his first novel.

  • AWorldDividedOverWater The Cauvery Dispute: A World Divided Over Water

    As the Cauvery water dispute comes to a head, it's time to consider the question. When did rivers, which have served as a life-giving force throughout history, become a symbol of regional and national hatred?

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  • Why Inter-Faith Love Brings Out the Worst in Indians

    In Rajasthan, a Dalit man was beaten to death for having an affair with a Muslim woman. In UP, a Muslim man was assaulted for wanting to marry a Hindu girl. What is it about inter-faith love that warrants brutal repression and repercussion in our country?

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  • DalitBhimaKoregaon Bhima Koregaon and the Steady Incline of Dalit Awakening

    The unrest in Bhima Koregaon is not an isolated clash. It is a marker of a new, aggressive and assertive Dalit identity, that began with outrage over the death of Rohith Vemula and the agitation in Una.

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  • Congress Is it Time for Congress to Assemble an Avengers Squad?

    If there is one key takeaway for the Congress from the Gujarat polls, it is that the dominance of a single party is fading away. In 2018, Karnataka can work in its favour if Siddaramaiah is given a free hand. If the party can empower Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia in Rajasthan and MP elections, it might have a chance.

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  • BabriandtheBirthoftheBhakt Babri Masjid: The Day India Became Hindustan

    The demolition of Babri Masjid was the moment that rent the secular fabric of India. It was another schism in the divisive history of the nation, yet another exercise in othering.

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  • DUsMomentofMutinyDelhiUniversityvsABVP DU’s Moment of Mutiny

    The one thing that set students of Delhi University apart from our jhola-carrying friends from JNU was this absence of a protest culture. But the dime flipped this February.

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  • TumSaalePresswalleh-DemagoguesvsPresstitutes-Arr Tum Saale Presswalleh

    If it isn’t the media’s job to introduce nuance to debate, to question prevailing narratives, to side with the people – all people, and not just the privileged – whose job is it?

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  • Dalit Pride Marches On

    The number of scheduled caste students doubled between 2000 and 2014 for the first time. This education is helping Dalit youth rewrite entrenched identities, from Una to Punjab.

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  • Brahman Naman & The Trouble With Tharak

    For me, shifting from checking a woman out during my teens, to calling it objectification when I am almost pushing middle age, is where I think I grew up.

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