Yashica Dutt

Yashica Dutt is an Indian writer and journalist who has written on a broad range of topics including fashion, gender, identity, culture[1] and caste.[2] She was previously working as a Principal Correspondent with Brunch, Hindustan Times in New Delhi.[3][4] She also worked with The Asian Age.[5]

Yashica Dutt
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Yashica Dutt Nidaniya

5 February 1986 (1986-02-05) (age 36)
Occupation(s)Journalist and Author
Years active2005–present
Notable workComing Out as Dalit

Early life and educationEdit

Yashica was born in a Valmiki (Dalit) family in Ajmer, Rajasthan on 5 February 1986.[6] Her mother's name is Shashi Dutt.[7] She completed her graduation in B.Sc. from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 2007. Yashica completed her Master's degree in Arts and Culture Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2015.


As a freelance journalist, Yashica has worked with Hindustan Times, LiveMint, Scroll.in, The Wire and HuffPost India. During her stint at the Hindustan Times, she initiated the social media activities for Brunch, the Sunday magazine of Hindustan Times. Yashica writes on Dalit related social issues[8] and is the founder of dalitdiscrimination.tumblr.com, a Tumblr blog portal.[9][10]


Coming Out as Dalit is Yashica's book published by Aleph Book Company. It is her memoir about growing up in a Dalit family. In the book, she describes how she felt compelled to hide her caste and pretended to be of another caste, all along terrified of her true identity being found out.[11] Her decision to end the pretense of being an upper caste woman was triggered by a University of Hyderabad Dalit student Rohith Vemula's last letter, which was made public following his suicide. The book details her journey of coming to terms with her true identity.[12] The book is a social commentary woven with personal experiences.[13] She received the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for the book in the English category for the year 2020.[14]


  1. ^ Dutt, Yashica (26 January 2016). "9 arguments used to silence me after I came out as Dalit (and why they failed spectacularly)". Scroll.in. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ Dutt, Yashica (24 December 2017). "For Salman Khan and co, being ugly or untalented is the same as being Bhangi". The Print. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ "On the Brunch Radar".
  4. ^ "A queer ban in India, gay and legal in Nepal".
  5. ^ "Yashica Dutt (The Asian Age)". The Asian Age.
  6. ^ "Today I am coming out as Dalit".
  7. ^ "How one woman defies caste discrimination in India".
  8. ^ "The Non-Dalit's Guide To Debating Meaningfully About Caste".
  9. ^ "Today, I'm Coming Out As Dalit".
  10. ^ "Today, I'm Coming Out As Dalit". The Huffington Post. 21 January 2016.
  11. ^ Mahtab, Alam (24 March 2019). "Interview - 'But You Don't Look like a Dalit': Yashica Dutt on 'Coming Out as Dalit'". The Wire. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Coming Out as Dalit". Aleph Book Company. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  13. ^ G, Sampath. "'Coming Out as Dalit — A Memoir' review: A Dalit who stopped being a 'brahmin'". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Sahitya Akademi announces Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Yuva Puraskar 2020". Deccan Herald. 12 March 2021.

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