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Apr 28, 21

Final Straw: An Indian Anarchist on Anti-Caste Organizing and More

On the long-running anarchist radio and podcast show the Final Straw, Indian anarchist Pranav Jeevan P speaks on organizing against the caste system.

This week we are very happy to present an interview with Pranav Jeevan P, who is a student, a writer, an anti-caste activist, and an Indian anarchist living in the state of Kerala. You are listening to the full extended audio from this conversation, where you’ll hear Pranav explaining how he got into anarchism, how anarchistic praxis unfolds in India, some about the origins of and worldwide implications of the caste system, anti-caste organizing and how anarchism feeds it, and about how the BJP and Hindutva have real influence on people’s lives and destinies.

He further touches on the struggle of Dalit and Other Backwards Caste folks and how this tendency has always had solidarity with Black liberation here on Turtle Island, much more information about the anti-CAA protest and the Farmer’s Protest, a little bit about the ongoing military occupation of the state of Kashmir, and many more topics. There is already a lot of really good anti-caste hip hop out there, mostly performed by those in oppressed castes, and I’ll be including a bunch of those tracks which have been recommended by our guest, plus providing links in the show notes.

There are a lot of terms in this episode which may be unfamiliar to all listeners, and we warmly invite folks to take a look at our show notes for this episode to see links for further reading and research. Please also look forward in the coming week to this show being transcribed in full, if you would like a copy to send to a friend or to read along while listening.

Send Solidarity while India fights the pandemic!

Also you may have heard that covid is spreading out of control in India right now, in no small part due to government mismanagement. Please also take a look at this ongoing list of donations compiled by the group Students Against Hidutva Ideology. You can follow this group on Twitter @Students_A_H to see their updates and events. You can also follow India Solidarity Network on Instagram for updates on COVID in India.

We will link to a form for mental healthcare workers to donate their time and services to Indian frontline healthcare workers, who are really struggling right now. All that plus links from our guest (including how to follow him on social media) and more can be seen at or in the show notes.

You Are the Resistance, Words from Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain:

Please be aware that in this segment, Sean speaks about the Derek Chauvin trial and the murder of people at the hands of police. If you would prefer to skip this subject matter, you can skip forward about 8 and a half minutes. This segment occurs at the end of the interview.

Pranav’s social media links:




Links to articles by Pranav Jeevan P:

Liberty without Equality is Privilege and Injustice, Equality without Liberty is Slavery and Brutality

Annihilation of Caste: Can an Anarchist Perspective Work?

Ruling Class’ Stupidity and Privilege

Re-Imagining Justice: From Punitive to Transformative

Begumpura: The Anarchist Commune

Anarchism, Mutual Aid, and Self-Organization: From the George Floyd Uprising to India’s Farmer Rebellion

Okupa Cuba Casa Refugio: The Shaheen Bagh of Mexico

Mutual Aid and Self-Organization in Anti-CAA and Farmers’ Protests

Myth of Brahmin Merit: Refutation of Superiority

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