Gaurav J. Pathania, professor of sociology and peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, has been published in The Boston Globe and interviewed by PBS NewsHour for his activism and expertise regarding caste systems and discrimination.
Both his article and interview speak to the February milestone of Seattle becoming the first US city to ban caste discrimination, with the ordinance passing by large majority in the City Council. More recently, the Toronto District School Board became the first in Canada to recognize caste-based discrimination.
“The caste system, with its origins in India and other South Asian nations, is a complex, rigid, and hierarchical structure of privilege based on birth,” writes Pathania in his article. “Caste should not be part of the ‘American Dream.’” Read the full article to learn more about caste systems.
Pathania also writes, “The caste system is a disease, it’s an evil, it’s anti-civil. Schools, universities and workplaces should be aware of this global problem.”
Pathania, alongside teaching at EMU, runs a Global Initiative for Equity and Justice and collaborates with anti-caste, race, and feminist scholars working in the area of higher education and social justice. He also moderates the mindsofcaste.org website and is part of the Ambedkar International Center’s Authors’ Lab, mentoring emerging scholars in the area of caste and social justice.