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Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 4 (April)

JGLS faculty member wins Bluestone Rising Scholar Award

Professor Anurag Bhaskar (LLM-Harvard), Assistant Professor in JGLS, has been selected as one of the two winners of the Bluestone Rising Scholar Award 2021, which has been instituted at the Brandeis University, USA. 

Professor Anurag Bhaskar has received the Bluestone Rising Award for his paper titled “Ambedkar’s Constitution: A Radical Phenomenon in Anti-Caste Discourse?”. A jury of notable academics from South Asia, the UK, and the United States deliberated on the writings of all the outstanding entries from South Asia, Europe, and North America, that were submitted for the prize, and decided the two winners. The letter from Brandeis University shared that the jury was “highly impressed” with Professor Bhaskar’s paper “for its scholarship, fresh contribution, and style”.

The Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize was created through the generosity of the late Dr. Seymour Bluestone, M.D, who died in September 2016 at the age of 96, while leaving a bequest of $ 8.4 million to Brandeis University, in order to advance its social justice initiatives. The Award recognises individuals who show great promise to make outstanding scholarly contributions in their future careers to the study of caste and other social exclusions in South Asia or around the world.

The two finalists for the Award were selected through the Bluestone Rising Scholar competition, in which scholars were asked to submit their research for double-blind peer-reviewed process. The papers submitted for consideration may be written from the perspective of any discipline of research such as the social sciences, humanities and the arts, gender studies, history, philosophy, theology, medicine and law, social policy, and public policy. 

In an interview with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Professor Bhaskar observed, “My paper deals with two interconnected social phenomena. Firstly, it is because of Ambedkar’s vision that the Indian Constitution rests on foundational principles of justice and equality, and further incorporates several progressive provisions to realise this vision… Secondly, Dalits have used the moral appeal of the Constitution to not only revive Ambedkar’s legacy by popularising him as the chief architect of the Constitution, but also in mobilising for social justice. Dalits, one of the most marginalised groups in the world, have defended the Constitution of India as their very own.”

The article is being published in Brandeis University’s peer-reviewed academic journal CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion. The Award winners would be honoured with the Bluestone Medal in a ceremony in Boston, USA.