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Caste and Dalit Emancipation

Emancipation Dr Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste by Christophe Jaffrelot; Permanent Black, India, 2005; JANGAM CHINNAIAH The genre of biography and autobiography is yet to make a mark or be accepted by itself as a legitimate source within the modern Indian historical canon. Also, the (auto) biographies written so far have been confined to caste Hindu nationalist leaders. Significantly, the monopoly of the Congress Party over the nationalist politics did not allow any other personalities from other parties to grow as alternative figures. Because of this reason, the known biographies in modern India are mostly of caste Hindu leaders who belonged to the Congress such as Gandhi, Nehru, Tilak, Subash Chandra Bose, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan among others. Interestingly all these personalities hail from privileged caste Hindu backgrounds; this is not just a coincidence, rather a manifestation of the very nature of hierarchical caste society. In the politics of nationalism, caste Hindu nationalist leaders were projected as the sole makers of the modern Indian nation and nationalism. All other alternative articulations were discounted and even despised and condemned as

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