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Hindutva and Dalits

Hindutva and Dalits
Perspectives for Understanding Communal Praxis

Revised Edition
Edited by:
  • Anand Teltumbde - Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analysis, Goa Institute of Management, Sanquelim

January 2020 | 384 pages | SAGE Samya
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.

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.

As analysed by Tanika Sarkar in her incisive Foreword, 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.

Foreword by Tanika Sarkar
Introduction to the Revised Edition by Anand Teltumbde
Part I: Theoretical Perspectives
Shamsul Islam
Dalits in the Theory and Practice of Hindutva
Anand Teltumbde
Hindutva, Dalits and the Neoliberal Order
Sandeep Pendse
The Dalits and Hindutva: Gainers and Losers
Ram Puniyani
Hindutva’s Social Engineering: Dalit’s Participation in the Anti-Muslim Pogrom, Gujarat 2002
Meena Kandasamy
Between Her Legs: Hindutva and Dalit Women
Prakash Louis
Hindutva: Historicity of Dalit Connection
Ramesh Kamble
Dalit–Hindutva Alliance and the Dynamics of Dalit Politics
Part II: Hindutva in Operation
Subhash Gatade
Subverting the Shudra-Ati-Shudra Revolution: The Uttar Pradesh Way
Suhas Palshikar
Maharashtra: Dalit Politics in the Hindutva Trap
V Geetha
No Exit? Dalits, Hindutva and the Dravidian Movement
Navprit Kaur
Contesting Exclusions: Dalits and Reconstructions of Religious Identities in Punjab
K S Chalam
Hindutva and Dalits in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Hindutva Influence on Dalits: The Case of Karnataka
Anand Teltumbde and Subhash Gatade
Gujarat: In Search of Answers
T K Ramachandran and P T John
The Sangh Parivar Initiatives in the Tribal Belt of Wyanad in Kerala
Martin Macwan
Dalits in the Hindutva Laboratory of Gujarat

“The book qualifies as a certain read in these uncertain times, a very comprehensive read allowing the readers to navigate through, and understand the underlying causes of the conflicting times we inhabit.”

Feminism in India, 29 December 2020

“A deeply reflective and informative volume.”

The Book Review, January 2021

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