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Author, Coming out as Dalit. MA Arts & Culture Grad @ColumbiaJourn, Founder https://t.co/n3CyZvVU9t. Amazon link: https://t.co/goSCmYpYJt

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In #ComigOutAsDalit, @YashicaDutt writes about the journey of coming to terms with her identity, & takes us through… https://t.co/A0Wf7IVKGX
Retweeted by Yashica DuttThank you Hari! https://t.co/TyBgyDby5U
6/12
2019
@ezraklein Procrastinate. Take some time to forget about it - an hour, an evening, a day. But not more. Then come b… https://t.co/eyJIQTiNFc
6/4
2019
It's almost always the same people who also get mad when people call out Brahamanism -- the inherent superiority of… https://t.co/wiIAgc7wpaThanks so much, @Vidula_Vil for posting this on your Instagram and reminding me how this article is still sadly relevant to our times.9. Ask why are you so angry If you find yourself flying into fits of rage in the face of a rational opinion, maybe… https://t.co/Hd5yE6rLcl8. Understand you're not being 'demonized' Blaming your birth is not what this is about. It's about reminding you h… https://t.co/qWevM2Aap57. Realize you are not being "kind" Don't expect the Dalit discourse or community to be grateful just because you a… https://t.co/0gKQqGLs3O6. Accept you are not casteless Your caste exists, as does ours. Not acknowledging it is not making that go away. 6/95. Don't be the tone police Our Dalit pride does not exist to offend you, but as a reminder to ourselves to feel it… https://t.co/0xuzWzFSFZ4. Don't make it about you No one is calling you out personally. If you don't associate with a casteist mindset, h… https://t.co/JL9tNTmY2L3. Understand your privilege The advantage your ancestors received in open and unchecked access to education and w… https://t.co/4cWKcpHMOK2. Learn the history Try to educate yourself about the exact nature of the caste-based oppressions that are being… https://t.co/lomspt0q4D1. Be aware of your confirmation bias If you've never experienced caste-based discrimination first hand, you'll si… https://t.co/5gj7maSbUqI wrote this after #RohithVemula's death. It's not entirely surprising that it remains as relevant today after Dr… https://t.co/WKAg4S03BaFinding it hard to process how 'a few casteist remarks' can force someone to end their life? Read this. Most of u… https://t.co/YumkKIOyt2
5/31
2019
It’s not surprising since for most UC doctors the Hippocratic oath is not above caste. In fact, given institutional… https://t.co/Fj3UsLqah0Read 👆🏽to find out how exactly the casteist remarks by classmates, jibes by teachers, ragging by seniors force some… https://t.co/2fGdHnE3z2When Dalit students are harassed & their mental health suffers + affects their grades it's not b'coz of an 'inferio… https://t.co/NYypXRoCToThank you for the kind words. For a lot of us, the personal is political. PS. you might not recall but you were a… https://t.co/f4xYurdAGr
5/29
2019
Don't despair. We have work to do. Here are some of the things we can do. 1. The less politically aware people are… https://t.co/59Oj4IBTmu
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5/23
2019
Thanks for creating the space for an insightful exchange. Qs about mental health & trauma of passing are important… https://t.co/uekcR03NNs @gidla_sujatha I also grew up poor and in a small town :) But went to a convent school + parents insisted on the im… https://t.co/l8LscqZKsHJUST speaking English doesn't make anyone smarter, brighter, more experienced than someone who doesn't. But the f… https://t.co/hCNaNZciUxThe desire to speak good English & the instantly elevated 'status' that comes w/ it in India is a colonial keepsake… https://t.co/uMkAND9Had
5/17
2019
👆🏽 An excellent story of caste works in action to keep Dalits and Adivasis poor, starving, dirty and uneducated. An… https://t.co/g0J2MEpYAW'Upper' castes grab the only handpump around Advasi women travel 5k for drinking water Families can't wash/bathe.… https://t.co/p4duPfR6sD
5/8
2019
Good places to start: His 1917 Columbia paper on caste, Annihilation of Caste (the original version which is SO MUC… https://t.co/bCzYulpny1I came out earlier but reading Ambedkar finally helped me realize that the caste system is fake bs created to keep… https://t.co/GO25gLjBsfIf you're Dalit & have never read Ambedkar don't do it simply coz he was a 'Dalit leader' (he was an Indian statesm… https://t.co/X6Raltt3zfAs Dalits, it's not always easy to access Ambedkar. Esp when it risks revealing the identity we've carefully hidden… https://t.co/9svW1UXpBcThis #AmbedkarJayanti I urge everyone to read Ambedkar. Especially if you are Dalit & still searching for your iden… https://t.co/8YIolN7wXX
4/14
2019
This is a trailer for our 4 hour documentary Reason, but it is also a reason to vote ! https://t.co/fappJfMKqh
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4/11
2019
"Dutt’s ability to overcome life’s odds,& her courage in telling her story as is, is inspirational. I hope it will… https://t.co/qHF6Rx6RP5
4/4
2019
That I can’t even begin to understand***Agreed! There are Dalit experiences and trauma that I can even begin to understand. Which is why, all perspecti… https://t.co/2X4grd0vGQPain doesn’t read as pain when it’s been accepted as normal forever We come with facts, data, numbers so they beli… https://t.co/PCVgiUVMEu
3/29
2019
"By not looking ‘Dalit’ as the mainstream view demands, I openly affront ideas of vanity and how it’s only reserved… https://t.co/VoL380bfs7
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3/25
2019
The Dalit man beaten for growing a mustache wanted to ignore his caste So do countless Dalit women assaulted, beat… https://t.co/0Q0yp311rnWhether it's Dalit writers, directors, pop-stars, activists, I have so much hope for young Dalit kids growing up w/… https://t.co/86mWUL7eCCSince I came out as Dalit, I've been constantly told I don't look Dalit What does a Dalit look like? Can almost 25… https://t.co/rhv8yJdeJ3But caste doesn’t exist anymore... What’s telling is that this is not even an isolated incident. From universities… https://t.co/NCLj8qEdej
3/24
2019
"Dalit writings are brushed off as ‘mere experiential’ in academic circles. This book is an answer to those dominan… https://t.co/M59wApwvsE"Yashica Dutt has been painstakingly triumphant in weaving a balanced narrative of her experience as a Dalit woman… https://t.co/GIRqd30TYj @MeeraEstrada Yes, let's do that!"Dear Ms. Yashica Dutt, Your note has made me feel less afraid… I would say it has made me feel confident! Thank Yo… https://t.co/D0KP10IJGjIt takes a lot of courage to share a traumatic part of your history. More power to your pen, Meera! https://t.co/AcFt5lhGCu @jadumanilion Thanks for the invite, Jadumani. I would have loved to visit but I'm not in India right now.
3/21
2019
'It is basic condition of life to be required to violate your own identity' - Philip K Dick Received this book tod… https://t.co/yqwquN41Pq
Retweeted by Yashica Dutt @ekkirdar Make a thread and post your experiences while you read the book and let everyone know your story. It's ou… https://t.co/BqPYUIfQFU
Retweeted by Yashica DuttWe need to share our stories for the world to see and recognize that we exist. Just like the discrimination we face… https://t.co/5EoUcQiEXb
3/16
2019
@ColumbiaJournMA @bentaub91 @ASME1963 @NewYorker @SteveCollNY @a_stille @SheilaCoronel Congratulations, @bentaub91! So happy for you. 🥳🥳🥳🥳Here is a thread on quick writing tips that help me in my writing. Please add yours in the replies.
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3/15
2019
‘Meritocracy is a myth’ https://t.co/BdpSrc4HWAIt’s revealing yet not exactly surprising that the idea of ‘merit’ is flawed everywhere and can be just as easily b… https://t.co/kVQCz1fSQS @anandipaliwal Hi, these are the right contacts for that request. Thanks! @AlephBookCo @PujKrishnan
3/12
2019
“The memoir comes out as a fast-paced socio-political tale from a generation which has just arrived &will play a ma… https://t.co/QjZKVAiQhC
3/11
2019
@YashicaDutt Such a powerful interview. It was so emotionalfor me, can't express in words. Damn this girl !! 🤘🤘 Bei… https://t.co/Qgfp0XAXzH
Retweeted by Yashica DuttOne of the most effective ways for Dalits to make sure we are heard is by first making sure we know -- our history,… https://t.co/pj2EcCzyhCOn #TheSandipRoyShow, @sandipr talks to journalist and author @YashicaDutt about the her memoir, 'Coming Out as Dal… https://t.co/z405nYXMGt
Retweeted by Yashica DuttLastly, if you would like to buy one book today on #InternationalWomensDay go and buy “Coming Out as Dalit” by… https://t.co/BGwLofrMM6
Retweeted by Yashica DuttThe louder and clearer we speak, the more we will be heard. I don't think a day when books by Dalits are found in P… https://t.co/RnVzkjzFYtThank you @AmbedkarCaravan for taking the time out to read #ComingoutasDalit and sharing how you feel about it. I c… https://t.co/CuoKZuxjpRRohith showed incredible courage standing up for what he believed in. He could have easily chosen an easier life, o… https://t.co/WTNmt8skYCOur stories are powerful. Not only bc they are only stories of oppression. But also bcz so many of us suffer the sa… https://t.co/CTZbIdy7tX
3/8
2019
There are many Dalit stories as there are Dalits But what binds many of us are the experiences of hate, discrimina… https://t.co/AmkskyAYLC
3/4
2019
Not yet. But should be soon, hopefully! https://t.co/QXztz592hKLet's be clear. Anyone who thinks that caste exists only in 'rural' spaces is not looking around Our manual scaven… https://t.co/fjPGZL4ZFzAs journalists, how we report a story Whose voices we choose to amplify What headline &perspective we contexualiz… https://t.co/gCMF93BRBN
2/28
2019
@NikkiSchwab Oh wow! I can’t believe you managed to get it here! Dying to hear what you think!
2/27
2019
During this podcast I learned about an ‘educated’ professor with tons of degrees who *simply couldn’t* get that Dal… https://t.co/KNDfmFJtH0Every Dalit voice is equally valid. Every Dalit voice is equally worthy of our attention. Every Dalit story nee… https://t.co/Qq5ibWtOfn
2/25
2019
New India is "casteless" only for the 'upper' caste who can indulge in the ignorance of never thinking of their cas… https://t.co/SmSlAk8tr2
2/24
2019
Her location, posturing, popularity, and context within Hinduism and Indians in the US DO make her an example of th… https://t.co/3GTIc01jv7Tulsi Gabbard is Samoan-American who adopted Hinduism + grew up with the ideology She also has deep ties with Hind… https://t.co/nKXwOztAzMThat's what erasure looks like. The 'upper' caste experience is understood/ touted as the ONLY experience, the main… https://t.co/shr1vlqpvOThis Tumblr started it all I wanted to create a safe space to discuss issues other than Reservation I wanted to c… https://t.co/75t3YCyBanThere are several nuances to this subject especially as far as Dalits are concerned. But we need to reclaim pride… https://t.co/NZq7C2sHfh‘Ubtans’ are different kinds of face packs and masks usually made of - combination herbal/Ayurvedic/natural ingredi… https://t.co/nIiL05WyeXStats which are known/celebrated mostly in Dalit circles and media. https://t.co/LUpZqfMvflThe fact that caste is such a surprise + mystery around the world is a deliberate act. ‘Upper’ caste Indians rout… https://t.co/rCVWeYygclFrom ‘theories’ about how Dalit students are meritless to how they ‘pollute’ universities to how we should be ‘happ… https://t.co/OeNSZnYOtoThe argument that universities are “devoid” of caste is laughable.They lead in promoting discrimination From eg of… https://t.co/MXeBpYa4dTIt’s surprising how most global Indians demand that it is their (rightful) expectation to be viewed as minorities a… https://t.co/oiVVsQ8v9UCaste is so potent in all spaces around us, whether they are rural, urban or in between. No matter where we live,… https://t.co/ja4pdPXHQgRohith’s letter awoke me to a reality I was hiding from till then. For that I’ll be forever grateful. https://t.co/blMn2MKOpc
2/22
2019
It’s not surprising that Twitter & Facebook India have different polices than in the US The vile targeted harsssme… https://t.co/L6sPyVxnBp“With a few factories, a robust rail network and several educational institutions, the city provided the framework… https://t.co/M11uNtG6EX @MahtabNama Mine too! But I’m leaving soon. :/
2/21
2019
For those asking, I’ve left a few signed copies of #ComingOutAsDalit at @FullCircleReads @Books_at_Bahri and… https://t.co/ZiMXOawBcw
2/20
2019
There is no one way to be Dalit This kind of shaming of individuals who are forced to hide their identities to esc… https://t.co/FxLHVEc1T2I have a few book signings tomorrow: @FullCircleReads, Faqir Chand Book store and @Books_at_Bahri around 12.30 pm i… https://t.co/zJmpW2gUlD
2/19
2019
“A personal story becomes a powerful social commentary against everyday casteism that often goes unchallenged.” Th… https://t.co/H329vsngnk
2/18
2019
"The idea that upper castes are inherently ‘talented’ while the reserved category SC/ST/OBC students are meritless… https://t.co/18GdjVvbyl
2/17
2019
@SubhashiniAli Thank you! Please let me know what you think!
2/16
2019
Can’t wait for you to read it! https://t.co/mmm2L4p91gThis! This makes the three years of blood, sweat and tears The lonely 13 hour days in coffee shops The 1000 word… https://t.co/EqCYsNAGRWSpeaking good English. Tucking the sheets in just right. Owning a cow. Things that ‘upper’ caste people never ex… https://t.co/zizrdnQX6BThank you! I’m so glad that comes across in the book. https://t.co/6fP4yu8gdP
2/15
2019
We need more stories of Dalits that show us as people with fully formed lives. So far, we mostly see ourselves as… https://t.co/F8jU9xAxQt
2/14
2019

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