Caste and Nature

Dalits and Indian Environmental Politics

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9780199477562

Publication date:

25/09/2017

Hardback

336 pages

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ISBN:

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Publication date:

25/09/2017

Hardback

336 pages

Mukul Sharma

Rarely do Indian environmental discourses examine nature through the lens of caste. Mukul Sharma shows how caste and nature are intimately connected. He compares Dalit meanings of environment to ideas and practices of neo-Brahmanism and certain mainstreams of environmental thought. Showing how Dalit experiences of environment are ridden with metaphors of pollution, impurity, and dirt, the author is able to bring forth new dimensions on both environment and Dalits, without valourizing the latter’s standpoint. The Dalits pose a critical challenge to Indian environmentalism, which has, until now, marginalized such linkages between caste and nature.

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Mukul Sharma

Description

Rarely do Indian environmental discourses examine nature through the lens of caste. Whereas nature is considered as universal and inherent, caste is understood as a constructed historical and social entity. Mukul Sharma shows how caste and nature are intimately connected. He compares Dalit meanings of environment to ideas and practices of neo-Brahmanism and certain mainstreams of environmental thought. Showing how Dalit experiences of environment are ridden with metaphors of pollution, impurity, and dirt, the author is able to bring forth new dimensions on both environment and Dalits, without valourizing the latter’s standpoint. Rather than looking for a coherent understanding of their ecology, the book explores the diverse and rich intellectual resources of Dalits, such as movements, songs, myths, memories, and metaphors around nature. These reveal their quest to define themselves in caste-ridden nature and building a form of environmentalism free from the burdens of caste. The Dalits also pose a critical challenge to Indian environmentalism, which has, until now, marginalized such linkages between caste and nature.

About the Author

Mukul Sharma
is a Delhi-based writer specializing in environment, human rights, and media issues. Since 1984, he has worked as a journalist, development professional, and academician. He has received twelve national and international awards for his writings.

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Mukul Sharma

Table of contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Eco-casteism: Sulabh and the Denial of Dalit Existence
2. Dalit Environmental Visions
3. Ambedkar and Environmental Thought
4. Dalit Memories and Water Rights
5. The Dalit Mountain Man and New Commons
Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Mukul Sharma

Mukul Sharma

Mukul Sharma

Description

Rarely do Indian environmental discourses examine nature through the lens of caste. Whereas nature is considered as universal and inherent, caste is understood as a constructed historical and social entity. Mukul Sharma shows how caste and nature are intimately connected. He compares Dalit meanings of environment to ideas and practices of neo-Brahmanism and certain mainstreams of environmental thought. Showing how Dalit experiences of environment are ridden with metaphors of pollution, impurity, and dirt, the author is able to bring forth new dimensions on both environment and Dalits, without valourizing the latter’s standpoint. Rather than looking for a coherent understanding of their ecology, the book explores the diverse and rich intellectual resources of Dalits, such as movements, songs, myths, memories, and metaphors around nature. These reveal their quest to define themselves in caste-ridden nature and building a form of environmentalism free from the burdens of caste. The Dalits also pose a critical challenge to Indian environmentalism, which has, until now, marginalized such linkages between caste and nature.

About the Author

Mukul Sharma
is a Delhi-based writer specializing in environment, human rights, and media issues. Since 1984, he has worked as a journalist, development professional, and academician. He has received twelve national and international awards for his writings.

Kindly download the flyer for more details.

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Table of contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Eco-casteism: Sulabh and the Denial of Dalit Existence
2. Dalit Environmental Visions
3. Ambedkar and Environmental Thought
4. Dalit Memories and Water Rights
5. The Dalit Mountain Man and New Commons
Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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