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Debrahmanising History: Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society

Braj Ranjan Mani

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ISBN 10: 8173046484 / ISBN 13: 9788173046483
Published by Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2013
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Egalitarianism is neither alien to India nor the gift of the West. Marginalised people everywhere have always aspired to build an egalitarian world. Espousing the perspective of the non-elites, this hook brings out the beauty and resilience of a counter-tradition by visiting some of the major sites of resistance and creativity from below. Ranged against caste and brahmanism, this rational-liberating tradition is to be found in the heterodoxies of various inclinations, particularly Buddhism, the movements of subaltern saint-poets, Surism and Sikhism. This legacy was carried forward in modern India by, more than anybody else, Phule, Iyothee Thass, Narayana Guru, Periyar, and Ambedkar. Recognising the power of culture in the politics of transformation, they had emancipatory visions that embraced the whole of Indian experience, and stand firmly as an alternative to Tilak-Savarkarite, Gandhian, and Nehruvian visions. Their determined, but diverse and resourceless struggles, fought in the teeth of opposition from the caste elites, could not arrest the neo-brahmanism which under colonial patronage and the archaeology of knowledge derived from Orientalism went on to reincarnate and nationalise - itself into octopus-like Hinduism. Their sublime failure adds to their enduring appeal to the marginalised as old forms of hierarchy and hegemony menacingly morph into new structures of inequality in post-1947 India. In some studies, the egalitarian orientation of this tradition is belatedly being recognised, but it is seldom integrated with macro-level theoretical studies on Indian culture and society. An attempt in that direction, this scaring critique of caste and dominant historiography is meant for all (hose who are-or want to be-part of the ongoing struggle of human liberation. Contents:- Preface Introduction I. HISTORICAL ROOTS OF BRAHMANIC DOMINANCE AND SHRAMANIC RESISTANCE : Violence and Domination underpin Vedic Ideology - Caste Indoctrination - Brahmanical Pseudo - Religion as Engine of Oppression - Caste, Karmayoga and Swadharma in the Gita - Dandaniti Central to Brahmanical Polity and State - Shramanic Counter - Tradition of Resistance and Equity - Popular Heterodoxies Debunk Elite Historiography II. BUDDHIST INDIA : AGAINST CASTE AND BRAHMANISM : Buddha`s Humanitarian Synthesis of Mind and Matter - Buddhist Dialectics Antithesis of Upanishadic Absolutism - Searing Indictment of Caste - Paradigm of Human Liberation - Alternative Vision of Social and Political Institutions - Buddhist Ascendancy and India`s Past Greatness - Counter-revolution and Brahmanical Revivalism - Forgeries to Recast Indian Culture in the Brahmanical Mould III. MEDIEVAL MUKTI MOVEMENTS OF THE SUBALTERN SAINT-POETS : Social Resistance in Religious Idiom - Kabir and Monotheistic Radicalism in the North - Siddha Rebellion in Tamil Nadu - Virashaiva Socialism in Karnataka - Varakari Movement in Maharashtra -Social Dimension of Bhakti and the Brahman Backlash IV. COLONIALISM, AND BIRTH OF VEDIC-BRAHMANIC NATIONALISM : Orientalism, Aryan Race Theory and Neo-Hinduism - Roy, Reforms, Renaissance : Fact Against Fiction - Dayananda`s Valorisation of Aryan Race and Vedic Culture - Self-Strengthening Modernisation of Brahmanism - `Nationalist` Vindication of Caste Ideology - Vivekananda`s Polemics - Monolithic and Hegemonic Cultural Nationalism - Symbiosis of Cultural Chauvinism and Communal Politics; Appendix : Parallel Fascist Thinking in East and West : Menu`s `Brahman` and Nietzsche`s `Superman` V. PHULE`S STRUGGLE AGAINST BRAHMANICAL COLONIALISM : Brahman Power and Oppression of the Time - Emergence of Anti-caste Radicalism - Satyashodhak Samaj : Vision of A New Society - The Rewriting of History and Mythology - Education as Emancipation and Empowerment - Gender Inequality and Women`s Subordination - Agriculture, Peasantry and Labour -C Printed Pages: 456. Bookseller Inventory # 5785

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Title: Debrahmanising History: Dominance and ...

Publisher: Manohar Publishers & Distributors

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

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Reprint of a weappeing and radical survey of major Dalit intellectuals and movements over 2500 years of Indian history, Buddha to Aambedkar. an alternative history of India. excellent reviews

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