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Why do people go to the most privileged people for philosophical advice? Except for the fact that they have the time to sit and think up shit and write it down and the social capital to get published, there is often not much substance or practicality in their philosophies.

If you really want to know how to live through trauma, pain and struggles asked those who have had the experience of the same. Ask the people who are systemically, put through pain and Trauma.

Reading a book on ethics written by a Brahmin.
He gives a snap shot into various philosophies. Indian and Western. Western Philosophy he states the tenets and criticism. Indian philosophy though, I don't see any criticism.

The problem with such type of content- casteist Misogyny, is that it's mostly in regional languages (Tamil & Hindi). Which may make it harder to moderate it. Egs for this are- Saying/implying dalit women are raped because their bodies are dispensible and the most "impurest". Or combining caste slurs with Misogynist slurs. 12/n

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Intersection of caste & misogyny:
So while casteism is one thing, there is also sexism and casteist Misogyny in India, where by Dalit/Advasi women being at the worst recieving end. On twitter, such casteist and misogynistic slurs are used to shut down or harrass dalit women activists.
This usually is of the nature of making these insults graphically about female private parts and sexuality to shame and embarrass dalit women. 11/n

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Congratulations Trans People of India. Your government has protected your rights. Now look forward to having to strip In front of doctors to get a certificate saying you're trans so policemen can laugh at you while you complain of being raped.

♦️ Therefore, Brahmins/ Savarnas crying hoarse about reverse discrimination, or about Bahujans attacking their religious sentiments, is akin to white supremists feeling "oppressed" because black people challenge their racism.

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Vaishyas from the thighs, and Shudras from the foot, to serve the varnas above them. (Dalits are out of the system completely). Such ideas are rampant in the Brahmanical (or Hindu) literature such as -Dharmasutras, Manusmritis etc. This is how the caste system and by association, marginalization of some castes, is central to the religion of Brahmanism (a.k.a Hinduism). 10/n

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So when Bahujans critique the Hindu religion and it's proponents, that sanctions such a social order, it cannot be deemed hindu-phobic, religious-hatred, Hurting religious sentiments, because their religious sentiments is rooted in our oppression, dehumanization, marginalization. The religion sanctions the disgust UC's feel for dalits whom they treat as untouchable in various ways even today.
For eg. The idea that Brahmins were birthed from God's head, Kshatriyas from the shoulder,. .. 9/n

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The above point , also brings into the question the religious angle, particularly, Hinduism, which sanctions this oppressive & dehumanizing social order. (Not that other religions Indian Islam/ Indian Christianity, Sikhism dont have caste system, but it is not religiously sanctioned, but socially learnt. Picked up from the dominant religion of the region)... 8/n

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Also when Bahujans call out brahminism or brahmins, it is not offensive because, they are only challenging the school of thought/system and the people that uphold such a system, that has deprivation them of their dignity, that oppresses and marginalizes them and even puts their lives in danger on an everyday basis. 7/n

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4) Signalling Caste pride- Now you may wonder why such content may be offensive. Some Savarnas even argue, "what is wrong with us being assertive about our community our pride, even Dalits do the same".

Sorry but it's not that same thing. The difference is that between white supremist and black people asserting & finding the pride and confidence they have been deprived of. 6/n

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challenging the people and the school of thought, that is oppressive, dehumanizing, and suffocating them and their existence.

"You care born into higher or lower castes, based on the Karma from your previous birth", comments based on notions of purity and pollution - eg. "Brahmins are pure that's why they are more important in society, Dalits being the most impure are best suited for certain kinds of work" 5/n

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3) Content Justifying the caste system: There are some UCs, who use social Darwinism/ genetics/ social order maintanance to justify the caste system.
Eg. If this is, "Brahmin Women are the prettiest", "Tamil Brahmins are the smartest", " Dalits or certain castes are genetically inferior, thats why the clean toilets". "Caste-system is NECESSARY to maintain, social balance & order"
"Kshatriya's or some castes are powerful and we have the warrior blood and that's why we are on the top" .... 4/n

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2) Use of Caste Slurs - There are certain caste names used as insults to say someone is dirty, unkempt, badly dressed. Or simply to humiliate. Some of them are chamar, Madiga, Hole- Madiga, bhangi, pareiyan, Pakki, etc here's a video talking about this:

youtu.be/wJwkIxOpqZA

♦️ These are not only humiliating to the people who belong to such castes, but also, turning their identities into a cruel and insulting adjectives.

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1) Anti-Affirmative action/ reservation posts-
Some people in academia try to point out the loopholes in the reservation policies from a policy/economic point of view. That's not casteist per se. Bahujans intellectuals counter these arguments very well
♦️ But when Savarnas use these arguments to insult, mock, humiliate bahujan to indicate they are incompetent, stupid, worthless, "thieves" who stole their place because of reservation. Or anything of that nature. It amounts to bullying... 2/n

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How to identify & moderate caste-based cyberbullying content?
The type of posts that are offensive, insulting and humiliating to the bahujan Community comprising of identities of Dalits (Former "untouchables), Bahujans( backward castes that were ertswhole known as Shudras) and Adivasi (Tribal populations).
By Upper castes (UC) (A.ka. Savarnas) I mean the people belonging to the Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishyia (in that order) Varnas)
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(These definitions are for non-Indians to understand.)

A while ago I said I would try and make a list of the kinds of content that could amount to casteist cyber bullying.
I forgot about it, simply because I didn't see any content of that nature here. But I just saw the same happen on twitter. So I'm going to help moderate this space. What I may put down may not be comprehensive, but I'll try to be as comprehensive as possible. I'll toot it first so that I have other bahujan people who could add to this. And then make a file. So let's go.

I see that most of the content in my Mastadon circle is politicial, however, it doesn't trigger me like the politicial discourse on twitter does. Not because it's mostly the kinda politics I agree with, cause some takes here I don't fully agree with, but I think it's more about how things are said and how people engage with each other. Nice.

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