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Hindutva and Dalits
Editor: Dr. Anand Teltumbde
Foreword by Tanika Sarkar
9789381345504 | HB | pp. 288 | 2020 | SAGE Samya
Hindutva and Dalits: Perspectives for Understanding Communal Praxis takes a comprehensive view of the birth and growth of the Hindutva movement and its specific impact on Dalits.
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Hindutva and Dalits: Perspectives for Understanding Communal Praxis takes a comprehensive view of the birth and growth of the Hindutva movement and its specific impact on Dalits. Part I, Theoretical Perspectives, explores the attitude of Hindutva vis-à-vis Dalits in its various manifestations. Part II, Hindutva in Operation, covers empirical evidence of its impact on Dalits. The contributors, distinguished scholar-activists, offer a provocative analysis on why both Dalits and Adivasis are drawn to Hindutva.
Despite the teachings of Babasaheb Ambedkar against Hinduism and its pernicious caste system, which he forsook to become a Buddhist, many Dalits have turned to Hindutva. The RSS under Balasaheb Deoras began to appropriate Ambedkar, engaging with Dalits and Adivasis, Hinduizing their beliefs, providing social welfare and binding them in a political alliance.
As analysed by Tanika Sarkar in her incisive Foreword to this book, Hindutva’s hegemonic agenda lets ‘subalterns develop a stake in their own subordination, … not in resignation or despair but in eager self-identification with it’. The great strength of this collection is that it asks difficult questions that need to be asked and yet have no easy answers. The book, thus, makes an invaluable contribution to the debate and takes it forward.
Dr. Anand Teltumbde
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About the Editor
Anand Teltumbde is Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics at Goa Institute of Management, Sanquelim. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, he has held top management positions in the corporate world. As an academic, he has taught in IIT Kharagpur. Teltumbde is a writer, columnist and civil rights activist. He is also associated with the education rights movement through the All India Forum for Right to Education. He has written extensively on contemporary issues in many journals and in his column ‘Margin Speak’ in Economic and Political Weekly. He has written over 26 books, of the most recent are Republic of Caste (Navayana, 2018) and with Suraj Yengde, The Radical in Ambedkar (Penguin-Viking, 2018).
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