ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Non-Brahmans and Nationalists in Poona

While the growth of non-Brahman, and later Congress, organisation in the districts was to change this, Poona until 1930 was the political and symbolic centre of Maharashtra; it was also a centre that represented both militant nationalism and socially orthodox Brahmanism, Inevitably, non-Brahman politics began to develop a centre here as well But when the non-Brahman challenge was mounted in oona it took on forms that were highly conditioned by the themes of Brahman cultural dominance. Non-Brahmans entered and attempted to control the Ganpati festival, which was founded by Tilak himself with a view to turning a religious occasion into public nationalist propaganda. They engaged in a virulent war of pamphlets and newspapers by cm entry into the arena of Brahman literary dominance; they focused their attack not so much on questions of land and Brahman priestly or bureaucratic dominance that troubled the peasantry, but on symbolic issues involving Brahman claims to moral and political leadership. They took up themes that Brahmans had pioneered

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