29 January 2021

Citizenship in a Caste Polity with Jason Keith Fernandes

Join Jason Keith Fernandes and Kenneth Bo Nielsen in conversation about Fernandes’s new book Citizenship in a Caste Polity: Religion, Language and Belonging in Goa (Orient Black Swan 2020). Fernandes uses his study of the way Catholics in Goa negotiate a space for themselves within the Indian nation-state to critique popular and academic discourses on secular citizenship in India. Most importantly, he documents how caste is co-opted into legal frameworks of citizenship through official language of the state to show how India is not a secular republic but in fact a caste polity.