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Law, Caste, and The Pursuit of Justice

The sculpture's title borrows from a well-known quote by the university’s namesake, Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis: “If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold"

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Keynote Address

The Hon'ble Dr. Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, The Chief Justice of India, delivered the Keynote Address on Reformation Beyond Representation: The Social Life of the Constitution in Remedying Historical Wrongs. Watch the video

Guests from Around the World

The 6th International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar welcomed participants from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the UK,  Canada, and across the USA.

Panel and Round Table Discussion

The conference hosted over 70 speakers on panels and round table discussion topics ranging from Toxicity of Caste- A Psychiatrist Speaks,  Buddhism and Social Justice, Caste and Gender Violence, Affirmative Action in India, Housing and Land Distribution, Yong Dalit Scholars among other panels and A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON CASTE AT UNIVERSITIES including Law Professors offering Legal Justification for Inclussion of Caste as a Protected Category in University Non- Discrimination and Harassment Policies... and students and faculty from Boston to California on Experience and Strategies for Caste Protections.

The Bluestone Rising Scholar Award Ceremony

The Award recognized individuals who show great promise to make outstanding scholarly contributions in their future careers to the study of caste. The award ceremony included the Bluestone Prize recipients of 2021 and 2023. Read more about the competition and winning scholars.

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Read what the Dalai Lama said about J-Caste

Four years ago, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama sent a letter to J-CASTE with his prayers and good wishes for the journal's mission "to advance the study of caste and social policies.” His Holiness writes that caste is a "vestige of feudalism." Read the full letter.

Photo by courtesy of The Tibet Fund.