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Far In Far Out: Caste in India and the Diaspora

Project leader: Jay Revar, Gandhinagar, Gujarat State, India

Project description

This project involves gathering and disseminating essential information about Caste issues, relevant to India, and the diaspora, and to anyone working to bring awareness to issues of oppression.

Over the past few years, Jay has been providing research, as a consultant to CFOR. One of his areas of deep interest and research has been on Caste. In our ‘Facilitating our Future’ Series, he led a powerful session on issues of Caste together with Shilpa Shah and Anup Karia.  

Jay’s project is about gathering and disseminating essential information about the reality of issues of caste, in order to increase awareness and promote peace among communities.

This includes an understanding of history as well as persisting and ongoing caste-based discrimination – mostly committed by upper caste Hindus – in India and the Diaspora. The everyday reality of ongoing violence and atrocities against Dalits (untouchables) is horrifying. Yet it is rarely spoken about. While awareness is coming more to the foreground, it is still very difficult to even broach the topic – not only in India, or among the Indian diaspora, but also among the international community! The first phase of this project will include writing and publishing papers and articles to contribute to this essential work.

A further phase of this project will involve putting together a team for coordinating and facilitating Forum interactions on issues of Caste among the Diaspora community.

Jay grew up under very oppressive conditions and became the first ‘Dalit’ to become a clinical psychologist in Gujarat state. He worked as an Assistant professor, teaching clinical psychology to medical students at a top University of Gujarat State, but due to Casteism could not continue this work, and continues to work in private practice.

Reports and articles

Read Jay’s article CASTE SYSTEM IN INDIA: Glimpse of its Genesis and Impact in India and Abroad here.

About Jay

Jay M. Revar (M.Phil.), is from India, who has worked as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Government Medical College (Gujarat, India) and presently freelancer psychotherapist; and applies Process Oriented Psychology in practice and in personal life for about three decades. To learn and teach are his passion.

Jay has compiled “Glossary of Process Work Terms” as defined by Arnold Mindell (the founder of Process Oriented Psychology) & Amy Mindell, from their 27 books published till June 2021. The Glossary is available free of cost on Arny’s website. Jay has published research papers on Mental Health and Process Work concept. He has also written articles on ‘Indian Caste System’, ‘British Colonialism’; and presently writing articles on ‘Hindu-Muslim relationships’, ‘Female Gender in India’.