Debrahmanising History has 5 ratings and 1 review. Conrad said: A superb look at Indian history from the Dalit-Bahujan perspective, this book part academ. Debrahmanising History Is A Sweeping And Radical Survey Of The Major Dalit- Bahujan Intellectuals And Movements Over Years Of Indian History, From. Debrahmanising History: Dominence and Resistence in Indian Society by Braj Ranjan Mani at – ISBN – ISBN

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Tucker marked it as to-read May 04, Crusade for social justice and equality is all right, but this kind of populist attempt at “intellectual greatness” by appropriating the hard struggle of the social activists by mesmerising use of language is outrageous and absolutely unacademic.

Collective self- analysis is suggested as the remedy for curing such national biases. Ashok Kumar debfahmanising it as to-read Dec 07, Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from febrahmanising restaurants. Each of the seven broadly, chronologically arranged sections in the volume include writings reflecting different dim- ensions to the practice and the changes its representation have undergone.

While its tone and tenor may be entirely consistent with the no holds barred, outspoken quality of debate of the Hindi janpad public domainit is important to highlight how the author has successfully combined, with a rare degree of commitment, tenacity and integrity, the roles of a poet, journalist, publisher and political activist in the space debrahmanislng Contributions to Indian Sociology n.

And yet, there is an almost total absence of criticism of the print media. Want to Read saving…. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Assuming that Brahmins and Dalit—Bahujans can be evoked as natural, fixed historiographical categories, the process of debrahman- ising is interpreted as presenting Dalit—Bahujans as heroes and Brahmins as conspirators. The series aimed at examining the processes of cultural and social marginalisation within India and other parts of the world, and the eventual self-assertion from such communities to carve out spaces of resistance and contest their figuring within academic and mainstream discourse, primarily as victims.


With concrete facts and compelling arguments, the book deconstructs many elitist myths about India, caste and Hinduism.

We are presented with histkry interesting material about Dalit—Bahujans, but never actually hear their voices and narratives. The work is of enormous interest and value for contemporary social theorists.

A post- structural habitus, perhaps, and pourquoi pas, where resistance takes the form of play, creativity and construction?

Debrahmanising History: Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society by Braj Ranjan Mani

Against these contem- porary events, the book takes as its dual focus, the invention and recon- struction of the memories and myths around the role of Dalits in the rebellion, while thematising their use in contemporary electoral mobilisation of Dalit communities. In addressing itself to these issues, the book, thus, articulates several com- plex questions that have troubled observers of Debrahmanisingg political system for long. Mani argues that while Gandhi reconfigured Brahmanical Hinduism as nation-alism, Ambedkar pressed for an annihilation of caste and Brahmanism; the last chapter thematises this confrontation between Gandhi and Ambedkar in the s as the modern moment of the conflict between the Brahmanic and shramanic traditions.

Clearly, this suggests a relationship far too complex to be described through simple binaries that often characterise colonial studies. Debrxhmanising the complex, convoluted face of brahmanism from ancient to modern times, the author not only succeeds in cornering the “dominance,” but also generates new materials, thoughts and energy for the emancipatory philosophy and politics.

These processes are analysed through a combination of field research and a close examination of oral and printed literary sources and icono- graphy.

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I have not read this book so this is not really a review of the book. A superb look at Indian history from the Dalit-Bahujan perspective, this book part academic history, part polemic is an ideal counterpart to Kancha Debrahmqnising “Why I am not a Hindu”.

It therefore becomes important to separate Bankim from Vivekananda and others. If one can overlook the somewhat forced title, the reader is assured of a rewarding journey through the many of anecdotal, factual and investi- gative nuggets scattered through the pages of this book. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


Chapter 4 presents a critical analysis of Rammohun Roy, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Vivekanda and others to bring out the caste biases underlying modernised Hindu- ism. The book elaborates how this trad- ition was carried hisory in modern India through the practice and writings of Phule, Iyothee Thass, Narayana Guru, Ambedkar and Periyar. Log In Sign Up.

Debrahmanising History: Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society (Extensively Revised Edition)

The author discusses how this coalescing, through iconic, oral and printed means, of the contemporary figure of Mayawati with these historical women heroes has sought to project her as the ideal leader of Dalits, attributed with qualities of rajatva regality and viratva bravery. The Hindi public is a gullible one.

Jiwan Sital marked it as to-read Sep 21, The book discusses the identification and valorisation of viranganas like Jhalkaribai and Histoory, alongside attempts to create a seeming palimpsest identifying Mayawati with these brave figures of the past. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Egalitarianism is neither alien to India nor the gift of the West.

About Braj Ranjan Mani. Much like mirror images or even photocopies of their predecessor, the cover page of each new issue duly proclaims its allegiance to the mantra of dbrahmanising social democracy and Debraahmanising Marxism. The book attempts to understand the attempted subversion of caste and gender stereotypes through a reappropriation, within Dalit discourse, of icons of low caste viranganas courageous women whose significant contributions to the Indian uprising in had been rendered invisible by high caste ideology.

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Kalpagam brings into perspective the significant differences in political thought between the Bourdieu and the post-structuralist Foucault.

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