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Ambedkar as a Philosopher

The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical Reflections edited by Suraj Yengde and Anand Teltumbde, New Delhi: Penguin, 2018; pp 520, 999.


Remembering an Activist Intellectual

Gaddam Krishna Reddy strived to de-caste himself and identified with Dalit academics and activists as an anti-caste collaborator. He won the trust and friendship not only of Dalits, but also the women's movement and other organisations fighting for social equality and human dignity.

Dalit Chronicles from the Telugu Country

The colonial experience in India, confronting the pre-existing caste system, did nothing more than create a peculiar order that was neither feudal nor capitalist in its manifestation. What this deformed system did, instead, was to assimilate the privileged castes into the ruling structure, while simultaneously unleashing multiple forms of oppression on marginalised sections of the population in India. This article attempts to narrate the lesser known stories of the unacknowledged Dalits who were inspired by the Marxist ideology of class struggle and used it to mobilise agricultural labourers and manual scavengers in the Telugu country.

Debate or Debasement? A Rejoinder to Vamsee Juluri

Vamsee Juluri’s response to my article contains the puerile argument that the debate on the history curriculum in American schools can somehow preclude discussions on Indian history.

What Is at Stake in Rewriting California School Textbooks?

For several months, the Instructional Quality Commission of California, which advises the State Board of Education on matters of curriculum and instruction in schools, has been overwhelmed by petitions and counter petitions from the South Asian diaspora. At the centre of this controversy is the way in which the Indian subcontinent's history, culture and people are represented in school textbooks. The controversy reflects an interesting anxiety of the caste Hindu diaspora surrounding its own identity as well as that around its history and culture.

Politics of Identity and the Project of Writing

The central orientation of this article is organised around Dalit identity politics and their implications on the project of writing history in postcolonial India. It critically engages with the Subaltern Studies project as a school of postcolonial historiography that claims to represent the voice of the marginalised and yet stops short of acknowledging caste and caste-based oppression as worthy of historical analysis. In particular, it engages with Dipesh Chakrabarty's reflections on Dalit identity politics in postcolonial India and argues that Dalits, while demanding sociopolitical equality and a dignified identity, also challenge the epistemologies of the nation and demand its historical narratives to be egalitarian and inclusive.

The Story of a Jailed Prince

Since May 2012 Y S Jaganmohan Reddy of the YSR Congress has been incarcerated in jail in Hyderabad as an accused in multiple financial scams and for amassing disproportionate wealth using his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's political power. This article throws light on the historical and social roots of the rise of such personalities and illuminates the complex dynamics of democratic politics in Andhra Pradesh.

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