Dalit Visions: the Anti-caste Movement

Dalit Visions: the Anti-caste Movement✤ [Download] ➼ Dalit Visions: the Anti-caste Movement By Gail Omvedt ➶ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Dalit Visions explores and critiues the sensibility which euates Indian tradition with Hinduism and Hinduism with Brahmanism; which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and Dalit Visions explores the Anti-caste PDF/EPUB è and critiues the sensibility which euates 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 Dalit Visions: PDF/EPUB or that even secular minds remain imprisoned within this Brahmanical vision and the language of secular discourse is often steeped in a Hindu ethos The tract looks at alternative traditions nurtured within dalit movements which have uestioned this way of looking at Indian Visions: the Anti-caste Epub Ý society and its history While seeking to understand the varied dalit visions that have sought to alter the terms of the dominant order this tract persuades us to reconsider our ideas listen to those voices which we often refuse to hear and understand the visions which seek to change the world in which dalits live. A very informative and uick reference book for anybody wanting to know modern anti caste movement in India Gail Omvedt's style of writing is uite accessible A concise survey of the attempts at imagination and construction of Dalit adi Shudra identity in contrast to Brahminical Hinduism The book explains the failure of these attempts till now and the success of Congressand later Parivar in countering this Names and provides reference to number of personalities neglected by mainline mediahistoriography Gail Omvedt started the book on expected lines ie by denouncing vedic tradition as the central focus of Hinduism She highlights the dangers of Hindu nationalism and outlines the Gandhian reformist and Nehruvian secular methods adopted by different sections to counter this danger She argues that the attempt is flawed because it validates the general identification of the Hinduism with the tradition of India or Hindu with BharatiyaThen she goes on to introduce the dalit approach which proclaim a politics of identity and which define 'Hinduism' itself as an oppressive classcastepatriarchal forceThe introduction gives a snapshot of the trajectory of dalit politics in India especially from the 1970s with the founding of the Dalit PanthersI have always felt a discomfort listening to or reading dalit discourse because of its outright denouncement of all that is valued by Hindu tradition I think I was expecting something different from this book However that matter was laid to rest when I read in the introduction that the impetus to challenge the hegemony and validity of Hinduism is part of the very logic of Dalit politicsAlong with popular faces of the movement like Ambedkar Phule and Periyar the book introduces some lesser known dalit activists like Tarabai Shinde Pandita Ramabai and Mangoo Ram It also critically analyses the challenges faced by the movement at different stages and how the dalit consciousness spread wider over a period of time ultimately leading to their political empowermentHowever the book admits the failure of the dalit movement to achieve the task of demolishing the Hindu religion and establishing a distinct dalit identity Given the current state of dalit movement it seems obvious that the movement has lost its militant nature and political empowerment has come without a corresponding economic empowerment This I think is the reason why politicians are engaged in tokenism that appease the impoverished dalit voters Raising of Ambedkar's and Kanshi Ram's statues in UP by BSP is part of this exercise to create an iconography that sustains the hope for Dalits in India But the reality remains that neither a new park nor a statue can offer a solution to the crisis that dalits find themselves in Gail Omvedt also fails to offer any potential solution to the predicament faced by the dalit movementAlso while Omvedt believes that evocation of people's past will continue to have a role in the formulation of a new society in which the major dalit theme remains that of confidence and aspiration she is able to acknowledge only those reinterpretations of puranas and history that denounce the upper castes and highlight the exploitation of the sub altern like in the case of Eklavya or Shambuk However I believe there is also ample scope for dalit empowerment in those reinterpretations of scriptural literature that view dalit characters in a positive light An example would be the reinterpretation oft criticised 'Purushasookta' in which shudras are supposed to have originated from the toes of the purusha A positive reinterpretation of this focus on the fact that toes are the symbol of reverence in Hindu customs lotus feet of Lord Vishnu etc

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  • Paperback
  • 121 pages
  • Dalit Visions: the Anti-caste Movement
  • Gail Omvedt
  • English
  • 05 October 2016
  • 9780863115899