Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond

 
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Understanding Caste approaches the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements from a position of insightful inquiry and rigorous scholarship. Critiquing the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism, and Hinduism with Brahmanism which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilisation it shows how even secular minds remain imprisoned within the Brahmanical vision. And so it looks at the alternative traditions nurtured within dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and history. Written in a lucid and readable style, the author elucidates how dalit politics and the dalit vision require going beyond even the term dalit and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste. Alongside the ascendance of Hinduism, the book traces the invasive trends of resistance and revolt in the tenets of Buddhism and radical bhakti, in the anti-patriarchal stands of early feminists, in the pervasive radicalism of the dalit activists from Phule and Periyar, Ramabai and Tarabai, to Kabir, Tukaram and Ambedkar, even for that matter Buddha himself. This book brings to the reader the failures and triumphs of the many efforts that have aimed to dissolve the oppressive facets of Hinduism and its caste ideology, and continue to organise in newer ways for 'another' possible world where equality and human freedom reign supreme. It also makes visible the logic of dalit politics and the rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party, as a major alternative to the rise of Hindutva. This important and essential reading will be an invaluable primer on the subject to students of dalit and caste studies and politics. This revised edition has a new and comprehensive Index.

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Gail Omvedt is Former Chair Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair for Social Change and Development, Indira Gandhi National Open University.

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Book Description Orient BlackSwan, 2016. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. Contents: Introduction. 1. The Two Great Traditions of India and the Construction of Hinduism. 2. Before ‘Hinduism’: The Buddhist Vision. 3. Before Hinduism: The Devotional Visions of Bhakti. 4. Hinduism as Brahman Exploitation: Jotiba Phule. 5. Hinduism as Patriarchy: Ramabai, Tarabai and the Early Feminists. 6. Hinduism as Aryan Conquest: The Dalit Radicals of the 1920s. 7. Hinduism as Counter-Revolution: B. R. Ambedkar. 8. Hinduism as Delhi Rule: Periyar and the National Question. 9. Independent India: Brahmanic Socialism, Brahmanic Globalisation. 10. Hinduism as Feudal Backwardness: The Dalit Panthers. 11. The Logic of Dalit Politics. 12. The Rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Conclusion: Sita’s Curse, Shambuk’s Silence. Bibliography. Index. Understanding Caste approaches the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements from a position of insightful inquiry and rigorous scholarship. Critiquing the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism, and Hinduism with Brahmanism-which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilization-it shows how even secular minds remain imprisoned within the Brahmanical vision. And so it looks at the alternative traditions nurtured within Dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and history. Written in a lucid and readable style, the author elucidates how Dalit politics and the Dalit vision require going beyond even the term ‘Dalit’ and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste. Alongside the ascendance of Hinduism, the book traces the invasive trends of resistance and revolt in the tenets of Buddhism and radical Bhakti, in the anti-patriarchal stands of early feminists, in the pervasive radicalism of the Dalit activists—from Phule and Periyar, Ramabai and Tarabai, to Kabir, Tukaram and Ambedkar, even for that matter Buddha himself. This book brings to the reader the failures and triumphs of the many efforts that have aimed to dissolve the oppressive facets of Hinduism and its caste ideology and continue to organise in newer ways for 'another' possible world where equality and human freedom reign supreme. It also makes visible the logic of Dalit politics and the rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party, as a major alternative to the rise of Hindutva. This revised edition also has a comprehensive index. Bookseller Inventory # 119476

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