The Privilege Bias

I remember being a part of a debate in college in 2006 when the government had introduced reservations in institutions of higher education such as the IITs and the IIMs. I was a part of a team opposed to the prospect, and my argument at that point in time was that by doing this, the government was compromising on the kind and quality of students who studied at these schools. Instead, why not focus on grassroot education, I argued. Or work towards providing equal opportunities – specifically access to resources – that would enable students to do well in entrance exams, regardless of factors such as religion, caste, and gender. Continue reading

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White Supremacy, Anti-diversity and Other Hogwash

In his book, Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari includes a chapter titled, ‘There’s No Justice In History,’ that identifies and talks about the hierarchies – whites and blacks, Brahmins and Shudras, rich and poor – that we as a species have created. The reason I write about this today – and I’m also going to include an excerpt from his book below – is because of events that have taken place at Google (the anti-diversity memo) and at Charlottesville (the white supremacist rally) over the duration of the last few weeks. This excerpt is going to be out-of-context and I would urge those reading this post to go ahead and read the whole book to understand where we come from and more importantly, recognize these imagined hierarchies that lack any kind of logical or biological basis. Continue reading