Happy Birthday CasteFiles

Castefiles is officially one year old, and what a year it has been! Here are the highlights

Mar 7, 2024 - 09:53
Happy Birthday CasteFiles

The best things in life are organic. CasteFiles emerged when we realized the pattern of continuous flaring of the caste nonissue in the American polity after we successfully exposed the sloppy Equality Labs Caste Survey and after we had successfully launched the Castegate.org analysis of the loopholes in the Cisco Caste Discrimination case.

The need for a specialized Advocacy Platform, Academic Think Tank, and Educational Media Platform was dire, as Caste had become a new buzz of the identitarian devices in the United States.

So even though we are one year old, our work in this field spans many years as a corrective force, balancing the lopsided narrative and developing new paradigms to decolonize Caste and Race.

One Year of Toddlerhood seems small and sweet, but our accomplishments stand tall, and our goals are even taller. We have achieved so far more than we strive for, and we hope to break new frontiers in the process of dismantling and dissolving caste consciousness.

Your support has been invaluable, and we sincerely appreciate your appreciation, the shoutouts, the outreach on social media, and of course, the dollars that keep us going.

CasteFiles could not have grown into an effective platform for fighting prejudice against Indian Americans based on the bogey of caste without your valuable support.

To mark our 1st anniversary, we decided to highlight our actions and accomplishments over the last year that have helped our community fight back against the profoundly biased and unconstitutional campaign carried out against us.

1. CASTEGATE EXPOSÉ IN CISCO CASE: The CISCO case has become something of a touchstone by which the Indian American community's activism and advocacy shall be judged when it comes to the violation of our rights. Our sister website - Castegate.org - did a deep dive into the minutiae of the case and made exposés that have been and continue to be central to our win against Caste Bills like SB403. Castegate.org was a ready reckoner and a handy reference for every volunteer, lawmaker, and official who dealt with the CISCO case.

2. PUSH-BACK AGAINST SEATTLE CASTE LEGISLATION: CasteFiles took the lead in its strong push-back against the Caste legislation that Councilor Kshama Sawant rushed through in the Seattle City Council. CasteFiles was at the forefront of the fight against the resolution filing a case against the legislation, that does not even try to mask its intent to single out and target the Indian American community.

3. FIGHT AND WIN AGAINST SB403:   Advocacy and civic engagement with lawmakers and community leaders have been central to our fight against the SB403 Caste Bill in California. Our research-based documentation series of articles and on-ground activism was key in leading the charge against SB403, a legislation passed by the California State Assembly that would have specifically targeted Hindu Americans through its blatant anti-Hindu agenda. Eventually, the hard-fought battle by the community resulted in Governor Gavin Newsom vetoing the bill.

4. ACADEMIC INROADS BY OUR THINKTANK:  Our research work is getting noticed and we are invited to contribute in academic research work. We also spent considerable time rebutting the controversial paper published by MIT Sloan on caste-based corporate training proposals, that if instituted, would inculcate suspicions against the people of South Asian origin in corporate America. Ours was the only thoroughly researched response to the paper. Our research found the MIT paper to be erroneous on four counts - presumption fallacy, generalization fallacy, circular reasoning, and argument by anecdote, and provided a much-needed rebuttal and we are in continuous engagement with the academia.