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Liberating Jyotiba Phule

Selected Writings of Jotiba Phule edited by G P Deshpande; Left Word, New Delhi, 2002; pp 247, Rs 450.

How Egalitarian Are the Social Sciences in India?

Social science practice in India has harboured a cultural hierarchy dividing it into a vast, inferior mass of academics who pursue empirical social science and a privileged few who are considered the theoretical pundits with reflective capacity which makes them intellectually superior to the former. To use a familiar analogy, Indian social science represents a pernicious divide between theoretical brahmins and empirical shudras.

A Subsidised Notion of Democracy

The Success of India’s Democracy
edited by Atul Kohli;
Cambridge University Press, 2001;
pp XIII + 298, Rs 695

Multiculturalism as Ideological Mantra

Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy edited by Rajeev Bhargava, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, R Sudarshan; Oxford University Press, 1999; Rs 595, pp 433 (hard bound).

New Phase of Dalit-Bahujan Intellectual Activity

The Dalit Intellectuals' Collective has provided a forum for debates in which statements on issues of relevance to dalit life and culture are interrogated constructively by non-dalit scholars. It hopes to lead dalit culture from the realm of empiricism to that of theory, particularly a distinctive theory of knowledge.

Working Class Militancy in Endangered Sugar Industry

The sugar industry in its present co-operative-dominated form is under threat from the forces of privatisation and globalisation. Sugar factory labour, which has forged all-India solidarity, is fighting for the cooperatives' survival. The possibility of an alliance between these workers and the sugarcane cultivators, hitherto very inadequately mobilised against the threat, has become a real one.

Understanding Ambedkar's Construction of National Movement

Dalit responses to the critique of Ambedkar's role in the freedom struggle and his construction of the national movement have led to a re-examination of his ideas, and perceptions of the nationalist discourse of the time. Why he and the dalits did not participate directly in the national movement, as directed by the Congress, is a question that needs to be addressed.

Dalit Land Question and Agrarian Contradictions

of output due to greater competition may actually lead to a fall in cost if there is a concomitant elimination of internal inefficiency (movement from M to N).

Understanding Dalit Protest in Maharashtra

The recent dalit protests in Maharashtra cannot he characterised either as a mindless angry response to the desecration of Ambedkar's statue or as being politically motivated and engineered. These riots should in fact be read as a response to the processes initiated by the Shiv Sena-BJP government to humiliate the dalits and cause divisions among them, using cultural and institutional mechanisms.

Old and New in Maharashtra Politics

Gopal Guru Politics in Maharashtra by Usha Thakkar and Mangesh Kulkarni (eds), Himalaya Publishing House, Bombay, 1995; Rs 350.
THERE are various ways to review an edited book, but such a book always poses a serious problem when it operates at various levels. The present book poses such problems. To handle this problem I have decided to look at the book within the context of the following definition of politics, which to some may appear arbitrary.

Dalit Women Talk Differently

The independent and autonomous organisation of dalit women has the potential to counter dalit patriarchy from within and state-sponsored globalisation from without. 


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