Annihilation Of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition

byB.r. AmbedkarIntroduction byARUNDHATI ROYEditorS. Anand

February 16, 2016|
Annihilation Of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition by B.r. Ambedkar
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“What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist world, Annihilation of Caste is to India.” —Anand Teltumbde, author of The Persistence of Caste

B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is one of the most important, yet neglected, works of political writing from India. Written in 1936, it is an audacious denunciation of Hinduism and its caste system. Ambedkar – a figure like W.E.B. Du Bois – offers a scholarly critique of Hindu scriptures, scriptures that sanction a rigidly hierarchical and iniquitous social system. The world’s best-known Hindu, Mahatma Gandhi, responded publicly to the provocation. The hatchet was never buried.

Arundhati Roy introduces this extensively annotated edition of Annihilation of Caste in “The Doctor and the Saint,” examining the persistence of caste in modern India, and how the conflict between Ambedkar and Gandhi continues to resonate. Roy takes us to the beginning of Gandhi’s political career in South Africa, where his views on race, caste and imperialism were shaped. She tracks Ambedkar’s emergence as a major political figure in the national movement, and shows how his scholarship and intelligence illuminated a political struggle beset by sectarianism and obscurantism. Roy breathes new life into Ambedkar’s anti-caste utopia, and says that without a Dalit revolution, India will continue to be hobbled by systemic inequality.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born in 1891 into an “Untouchable” family of modest means. One of India’s most radical thinkers, he transformed the social and political landscape in the struggle against British colonialism. He was a prolific writer who oversaw the drafting of the Indian Constitution and served as India&rsq...
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Title:Annihilation Of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:416 pages, 8.3 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:416 pages, 8.3 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:February 16, 2016
Publisher:Verso Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781784783525

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