Groningen Journal of International Law

International Law Under Construction


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Dalit Lives Matter: Caste Discrimination and International Law

Dr. Srinivas Burra

Cambridge University academic Priyamvada Gopal’s tweet, ‘White lives don’t matter. As white lives,’ on 22 June 2020 became controversial. Explaining that ‘Whiteness does not qualify someone to have their life matter; the life matters but not the whiteness’, she made a comparison between her Brahmin background and whiteness. In her view, one could not say Brahmin Lives Matter in the same way that Dalit Lives Matter.

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