Ramesh Bairy T.S.

Ramesh Bairy T.S.
2018-2019 Visiting Scholar
Centre for Global Studies, Centre for Asian-Pacific Initiatives, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

Ramesh Bairy T. S. is an associate professor of sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, and author of 'Being Brahmin, Being Modern: Exploring the Lives of Caste Today'. His research focuses on structure of contemporary caste, inequalities, the region of Karnataka (south India), and the unfolding forms of Hindu-ness.

Ramesh will work on two concerns during his time at the centre: a) to compile a descriptive account of the life of the Hindu monastic institution - the 'matha' - in the state of Karnataka (south India) since the late 19th Century in order to get at why it emerges as a central mediator in enabling access to modern resources for its community of adherents; b) to work off a searing analysis of caste and its stabilities written by BR Ambedkar to ask whether his questions (offered as they were in the 1930s) must remain ours too.