Yashika Dutt is one of the leading Indian writers, writers and journalists based in New York. He is recognized around the world for his work on a harrowing set of problems in the fields of gender, identity, caste and class.
Yashika Dutt was born on Sunday 05 February 1986.age 36 years; by 2022) in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Prior to this, she attended Sophia Boarding School, Merta City, Nagpur, India and then did her graduation at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, India. Later, she completed her masters in journalism at Columbia University in New York, United States.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Color: medium brown
Eye Colour: dark brown
Yashika Dutt belongs to a poor family of Rajasthan.
parents and siblings
Yashika Dutt is survived by her father, who was an excise officer, her mother, Shashi, who worked in several jobs, and two siblings.
Yashika Dutt grew up in a family belonging to the group that is at the bottom of the hierarchy of the caste system in Indian society, i.e. Dalits, formerly called untouchables. She grew up learning to hide her identity as a Dalit. Yashika was seven years old when she enrolled in a boarding school in Merta City, located in the Nagpur district in Rajasthan, India. Her mother, Shashi, was concerned about her admission in a good private school as she was aware of her financial status and discrimination in the society on the basis of caste. Yashika’s mother advised her to hide her identity of being a Dalit and pretend to be an ‘upper caste’ to ensure a safe and discrimination-free journey to education in school. While she was studying in a boarding school, she was living with ‘upper-caste’ girls, which helped her to see their lifestyle and pretend to be one of them in a better way. Yashika Dutt often faced discrimination on the basis of color as she applied a mixture of dry powder and milk made by her mother to be fair so that no one could recognize her caste, which soon led to the observation of the caretaker. I came in Hostel. Yashika did not tell her mother about it as she knew it would make things worse. She stopped applying those mixtures and managed to hide the packets of the mixture (ubtan) from her classmates and caretaker. She didn’t even throw them away and kept a collection of udder bags made by her mother, as she felt connected to her mother through those bags. Educated from convent school and with dark skin, Yashika could easily appear as a non-Dalit. Her family dropped the use of the surname ‘Nidaniya’ and switched to the surname ‘Dutt’. Yashika Dutt’s first public confession of being ‘low-caste’ was at the age of 15, that one day when Yashika went to her friend’s house (as she always did), her friend’s mother invited her in and asked her Offered a glass of water. Yashika was sitting in front of her friend’s parents when they came up with questions about her caste, which she decided to answer honestly and told them the truth. After learning about his caste, he tried to explain himself as a liberal and then asked him to leave. Yashika Dutt had a sense of things going wrong. After a few days when he saw his friend and tried to talk to him, his friend told him that his parents had asked him to stop being in touch with him.
In 2016, Yashika Dutt shared the kind of questions she used to be asked and answered. He said,
My convent school education, a non-Dalit last name, and a skin complexion that was ‘smoky but still not dirty’ facilitated my passing as a non-Dalit. “Son, what race are you from?” “Aunt, brahmin.” A lie I told so many times and with such conviction that I fooled not only my friends’ mothers but myself as well. ,
Yashika Dutt kept her caste a secret for more than a decade. Following the incident of Rohit Vemula, an Indian PhD student at Hyderabad Central University, who committed suicide to protest discrimination against all Dalits across South Asia, including himself, Yashika Dutt declared herself a Dalit on Tuesday, 2016. He invited Dalits. Write their stories and share them on Facebook and Tumblr.
Yashika Dutt has worked as Principal Correspondent for Brunch, Hindustan Times. He has also worked as a freelance journalist with The Wire, Livemint, HuffPost India and Scroll.in.
Yashika Dutt joined Hindustan Times in 2011 as a fashion writer. He has written many articles and essays like ‘The Specter of Caste in Silicon Valley’ (July 14, 2020) published in New York Times. That Offers a Masterclass in Journalism’ (February 14, 2022), published in The Atlantic, ‘Feeling Like an Outcast – An Indian Dalit Reading of Isabel Wilkerson’s bestseller ‘Cast’ (September 17, 2020), published in Foreign Policy, ‘Long Live Comrade Gayle’ (September 12, 2021), published in Foreign Policy, and ‘Indian Matchmaking’ Exposes the Easy Acceptance of Caste’ (August 01, 2020), published in The Atlantic.
A book by Yashika Dutt ‘Coming out as Dalit: A Memoir’ (2019) draws attention to the Indian casteism faced by Dalits. It reveals his journey as a ‘presumed non-Dalit’ to pull himself from the social strata for over a decade. He has expressed his views on how Dalits have to hide their identity to survive in the society. Yashika Dutt in ‘Coming Out as Dalit: A Memoir’ says,
“We leave behind our food, our songs, our culture and our surnames so we can be ‘better’ and ‘pure’, more ‘upper’ caste and less Dalit. We don’t leave behind our dalit just because so that we can mingle more easily. We do this because sometimes it’s our only option.”
Yashika launched ‘Dalit Discrimination Document’, a platform provided by her to various Dalits to share their stories of caste discrimination through which they can get a sense of support. This document inspired Yashika to write her first book ‘Coming out as Dalit: A Memoir’ (2019), which turned out to be an award winning book.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (India’s National Letter Award) in 2020 for his book ‘Coming Out as Dalit: A Memoir’ (2019).
Meal: Eggs, toast and seafood.
Facts / Trivia
- Yashika often shares pictures of her breakfast through posts on social media.
- She admires Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic and author Margo Jefferson.