The Caste Question: Dalits and the Politics of Modern India

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University of California Press, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 392 pages
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"A powerful book on caste, a subject that has dramatic importance not only for the history of democracy in modern India, but for the general discussion on the interferences of social inequalities and cultural exclusions. The Caste Question goes beyond the usual antitheses of localism and globalism, and illustrates a decisive notion of intensive universality."—Etienne Balibar

"A sustained and probing analysis of the modern history of caste in Western India, connecting issues of gender, personhood, property, and politics to facts of oppression and inequality. This is the most politically and theoretically engaged book on caste to have come out in a long time."—Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Habitations of Modernity

"A profound reflection, at once historically rich and theoretically nuanced, on the nature of political modernity itself."—John Comaroff, co-author (with Jean Comaroff) of Of Revelation and Revolution

"Rao is entirely convincing in this brilliant and audacious re-evaluation of political modernity in India through the perspective of anti-caste struggles."—Mrinalini Sinha, author of Specters of Mother India: The Global Re-Structuring of an Empire
 

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Contents

Notice of tamasha performance New Elphinstone
2
Caste Radicalism and the Making of a New Political Subject
39
Theater Bombay 1898
62
Public notice issued by Vaman Vithoba Moon Sant Pande 1920
76
Flyer for the Mahad satyagraha 1927
78
The Problem of Caste Property
81
Photograph of important activists of the Nasik satygraha and members of a jalsa troupe 1933
97
Dalit activists entering Kalaram temple Nasik n d
98
Flyer for 1936 Bombay Province Mahar Conference supporting Ambedkars decision to convert
156
Legislating Caste Atrocity
163
Cartoon of Ambedkar resigning as law minister 1951
168
Symbologies of Violence
182
RPI and Dalit Panther pamphlets
191
To Be a Mahar quotations 1972
195
Violence and the RitualArchaic
217
The Violence of Recognition
241

Annual meeting of the Samata Sainik Dal Bombay 1939
101
Dalits as a Political Minority
118
Chargesheet against Gandhiji and Congress n d
139
B R Ambedkar with members of the Womens Conference at the AllIndia Depressed Classes Conference 1942
144
Dalit Futures
265
List of Abbreviations
285
Index
373
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Anupama Rao is Associate Professor of History at Barnard College.

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