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Debrahmanising History : Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society
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Braj Ranjan Mani.
Bibliographical Details 446 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher Revised ed. New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors Ltd.
ISBN-10 9350981106
ISBN-13 9789350981108, 978-9350981108
Year of Publication 2015.
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Debrahmanising History : Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society

" Egalitarianism is neither alien to India nor the gift of the West. Marginalised people everywhere have always aspired to build an inclusive world. Espousing the perspective of the commoners, this revised edition of `Debrahmanising History' brings out the beauty and resillence of a counter-tradition by visiting some of the majour sites of resistence and creativity from below. Ranged against caste and brahmanism, this liberating tradition is to be found in the egalitarians of diverse inclinations, particularly in the strands of shramanism, Buddhism, the movements of subaltern sant-poets, Sufism, and Sikhism.

This counter-tradition was carried forward in modern India by, more than anybody else, Jotiba Phule, Iyothee Tass, Narayana Guru, Periar, and Ambedkar. Recognising the power of culture in the politics of transformation, they had emancipatory visions that embrased the whole of Indian experience, and stand firmly as an alternative to Tilak-Savarkarite, Gandhian, and Nehruvian visions. Their determined but diverse and `resourceless' struggles, fought in the teeth opposition from the caste elites, could not arrest the neo-brahmanism which under colonial complicity and the achaeology of knowledge derived from Orientalism went on to reincarnate - and nationalise - itself into octopus-like Hinduism and `Indian culture'. Their sublime failure adds to their enduring appeal to the dalit-bahujans as old forms of hierarchy and hegemony menacingly morph into new structures of democracy.

In some studies, the emancipatory thrust of this tradition is occassionally recognised, but it is seldom integrated with civilisational studies on Indian culture and society. An attempt in the direction, this searing critique of caste and dominant historiography is meat for all those who are - or want to be - part of the ongoing struggle of human liberation."
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Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


1. Historical Roots of Brahmanic Dominance and Shramanic Resistance

2. Buddhist India : Against Caste and Brahmanism

3. Medieval Mukti Movement of the Subaltern Sant-Poets

4. Colonialism and the Birth of Vedic-Brahmanic Nationalism

5. Phule's Struggle against Brahmanical Colonialism

6. Guru, Iyothee, Periyar, Achhutanand : Different Strategies, One Goal

7. Nationalist Power, Politics Excluded Masses, and the Gandhi-Ambedkar debate

8. Epilogue : Institutionalised Discrimination from the Past to the `Democratic' Present



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