Dalits and the Making of Modern India

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9780199477777

Publication date:

16/10/2017

Hardback

264 pages

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ISBN:

9780199477777

Publication date:

16/10/2017

Hardback

264 pages

Chinnaiah Jangam

This book reformulates the meaning of nationalism in India by focusing on Dalit imagination and politics during the nationalist movement. Dalits, as marginalized subjects, envisioned themselves as equal citizens and demanded justice, equality, and dignity as preconditions for independence. By illuminating the overlooked participation of Dalits in the freedom struggle, the book also attempts to provide a dialogic interface between Dalit pasts and the intellectual and political debates in contemporary India.

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Chinnaiah Jangam

Description

The story of anti-colonial nationalism in India as told in mainstream literary and historical writings presents privileged caste Hindus as heroes and founders. Dalits have mostly been viewed as passive subjects. This book inverts the dominant nationalist narrative and brings to the fore the unacknowledged contributions of Dalits towards the collective imagination of nation in India. By using colonial archives, Telugu Dalit writings, and their political activities, this book presents a Dalit perspective on nationalism.
As politicized subjects, Dalits embraced their history as part of their emancipation project. Arguing for the abolition of untouchability, caste inequality, and the accompanying humiliations as a precondition for independence, they imagined a nation on the basis of the egalitarian principles of justice, liberty, equality, and human dignity. These eventually became the foundational principles of the Indian Constitution drafted under the guidance of B.R. Ambedkar. The arguments that emerged during the colonial period resonate even today in contemporary debates as Dalits continue to challenge their marginalization and mistreatment as violations of the Constitution.

About the Author

Chinnaiah Jangam
teaches in the Department of History, Carleton University, Canada. He is a historian specializing in modern south Asian social and intellectual history.

Chinnaiah Jangam

Table of contents


Acknowledgements
Note on Dalit Nomenclature, Translation, and Transliteration

Part I Dalits and the Colonial Conjuncture
1. Mapping Dalit Consciousness: A Historical Note
2. Education and Dalit Enlightenment: A Colonial Conjuncture
3. Quandary of Caste Hindus: Thus Spake the Shastras and Science on Caste and Untouchability

Part II Making of the Self and Political Identity
4. Cleansing the Stigma: Making of the Dalit Self and Identity
5. Dalits and the Politics of Emancipation

Part III Dalit Imagination: An Egalitarian Ethic
6. Whose Nation? Dalits and the Imagination of the Nation

Epilogue: An Invincible Imagination
Select Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Chinnaiah Jangam

Chinnaiah Jangam

Chinnaiah Jangam

Description

The story of anti-colonial nationalism in India as told in mainstream literary and historical writings presents privileged caste Hindus as heroes and founders. Dalits have mostly been viewed as passive subjects. This book inverts the dominant nationalist narrative and brings to the fore the unacknowledged contributions of Dalits towards the collective imagination of nation in India. By using colonial archives, Telugu Dalit writings, and their political activities, this book presents a Dalit perspective on nationalism.
As politicized subjects, Dalits embraced their history as part of their emancipation project. Arguing for the abolition of untouchability, caste inequality, and the accompanying humiliations as a precondition for independence, they imagined a nation on the basis of the egalitarian principles of justice, liberty, equality, and human dignity. These eventually became the foundational principles of the Indian Constitution drafted under the guidance of B.R. Ambedkar. The arguments that emerged during the colonial period resonate even today in contemporary debates as Dalits continue to challenge their marginalization and mistreatment as violations of the Constitution.

About the Author

Chinnaiah Jangam
teaches in the Department of History, Carleton University, Canada. He is a historian specializing in modern south Asian social and intellectual history.

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Table of contents


Acknowledgements
Note on Dalit Nomenclature, Translation, and Transliteration

Part I Dalits and the Colonial Conjuncture
1. Mapping Dalit Consciousness: A Historical Note
2. Education and Dalit Enlightenment: A Colonial Conjuncture
3. Quandary of Caste Hindus: Thus Spake the Shastras and Science on Caste and Untouchability

Part II Making of the Self and Political Identity
4. Cleansing the Stigma: Making of the Dalit Self and Identity
5. Dalits and the Politics of Emancipation

Part III Dalit Imagination: An Egalitarian Ethic
6. Whose Nation? Dalits and the Imagination of the Nation

Epilogue: An Invincible Imagination
Select Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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