Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism

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Author: Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

9789353282561 | PB | pp. 268 | 2019 | SAGE Select

Buffalo Nationalism argues forcefully against spiritual fascism, which refuses equality or freedom to the majority. The author commends the buffalo as a productive animal that epitomizes the qualities of the Dalit-Bahujans.

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‘O Mother Lachumamma, your blouse is torn,
Your hair is soiled, your sari in rags . . .
Even in that condition what have you done?
You planted saplings, walking backwards like a bull,
In order to produce food from the mud.’

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd translates these words of the Telugu poet, singer, activist Gaddar to emphasize the productivity of the ordinary people, the Dalit-Bahujans of India, who receive so little in return. Arguing forcefully against spiritual fascism, which refuses equality or freedom to the majority, he commends the buffalo as a productive animal that epitomizes the qualities of the Dalit-Bahujans. This book contains a selection from Ilaiah Shepherd’s columns in The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times among others, and journals such as Mainstream and Economic and Political Weekly.

Of particular interest is the new Afterword that discusses his political and social programme for the Sudras of India, presenting his vision of a more just society.

Additional information

Author:

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

ISBN:

9789353282561

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

268

Year of Publishing:

2019

Publisher:

SAGE Select

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author recently retired as Director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He is Chairman of Telangana Mass and Social Organizations (T-Mass) that works for English-medium education. He has helped to build up Dalit-Bahujan and civil liberties movements in India. He received the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award, 2000.

His paper ‘Experience as Framework of Debate’, which appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly, set up new terms for the debate on the reservation policy during the anti-Mandal struggle in 1990.

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