On food politics

Based on Natrajan, Balmurli and Jacob, Suraj. “Provincializing Vegetarianism: Putting Indian Food Habits in Their Place.” (2018) Economic and Political Weekly (Special Article) vol. LIII no. 9:54-64. March.

on caste (and race)


Interview with Balmurli natrajan

The culturalization of caste

An interview with Raghav Kaushik. The interview has two goals. The first is to bring back a sense of caste as a historical material rather than a timeless transhistorical entity, to convey a sense of caste not as a static but as a dynamic system, in flux, being challenged and changing with circumstances, often material circumstances. Given the complex and long history of caste, the interview will briefly outline the course of the caste system from a system of varnas to a system of jatis. Unlike the varna system which bore some similarity to other oppressive systems around the world, the jati system with its 4000 plus caste groups is peculiar to India. Our intention here is to provide a way for anticaste activists to sharpen our tools to dissect and challenge a nimble and protean form of injustice.

Talk given at Ambedkar King Study Circle (AKSC) Annual Conference, August 2022

Talk, “Casteism: Cause and Effect”

Part of the series on Caste Practice in the USA, hosted by Ambedkar King Study Circle, California, USA. July 18, 2020. 

View the lecture here



#DalitLivesMatter – The Ongoing Struggle of Dalits

Panel discussion with Martin Macwan (Navsarjan Trust, Gujarat) and Dr. Jebaroja Singh (Dalit Solidarity Forum). November 14, 2020.

Video of event available at Agitate Journal




Theorizing Anticasteism Conference, 7th and 8th June, 2022, Organized by Presidency University, Kolkata


Final Panel featuring Meena Dhanda K. Satyanarayana, Meena, Kandasamy, and Balmurli Natrajan


on diversity and inclusion

Multiple engagements hosted by Microsoft Inc., as part of their Diversity and Inclusion Journey, 2020 – 2021 (all videos available here)

  • Historical View of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) – 3.06 mins
  • Panel discussion on D&I with Dr. Tanya Hernández, Professor of Law at Fordham University. Prof. Kenji Yoshino, Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU, and Dr. Balmurli Natrajan (William Paterson University of New Jersey)
  • Race and Ethnicity – the Global conversation, a panel discussion with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Adrienne J. Keene, and Dr. Balmurli Natrajan

on authoritarian populism in india

Suchitra Vijayan of Polis Project speaks to Prof Balmurli Natrajan about the political and cultural history of Hindutva, it’s a relationship to fascism, how caste and violence are deployed by Hindutva and what awaits the country in the aftermath of the elections.


An interview podcast on “What is Hindutva” at the Polis Project



Ajantha Subramanian and Lori Allenturn from hosts to interlocutors in an episode that ties a bow on our Violent Majorities conversations about Indian (episode 1) and Israeli (episode 2) ethnonationalism. Along with John they discuss commonalities between Balmurli Natrajan’s charting of the “slippery slope towards a multiculturalism of caste” and Natasha Roth-Rowland‘s description of the “territorial maximalism” that has been central to Zionism. The role of overseas communities loomed large, as did the roots of ethnonationalism in the fascism of the 1920s, which survived, transmuted or merely masked over the subsequent bloody century, as other ideologies (Communism and perhaps cosmopolitan liberalism among them) waxed before waning.

Listen to the podcastor Read the transcript here