By Arundhati Roy, B. R. Ambedkar
"What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist global, Annihilation of Caste is to India." —Anand Teltumbde, writer of The patience of Caste.
B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste is likely one of the most vital, but overlooked, works of political writing from India. Written in 1936, it truly is an audacious denunciation of Hinduism and its caste procedure. Ambedkar—a determine like W.E.B. Du Bois—offers a scholarly critique of Hindu scriptures, scriptures that sanction a rigidly hierarchical and iniquitous social method. The world's best-known Hindu, Mahatma Gandhi, spoke back publicly to the provocation. The hatchet used to be by no means buried.
Arundhati Roy introduces this generally annotated version of Annihilation of Caste in "The general practitioner and the Saint," reading the endurance of caste in smooth India, and the way the clash among Ambedkar and Gandhi keeps to resonate. Roy takes us to the start of Gandhi's political occupation in South Africa, the place his perspectives on race, caste and imperialism have been formed. She tracks Ambedkar's emergence as a big political determine within the nationwide move, and indicates how his scholarship and intelligence illuminated a political fight beset through sectarianism and obscurantism. Roy breathes new lifestyles into Ambedkar's anti-caste utopia, and says that with no Dalit revolution, India will stay hobbled by means of systemic inequality.
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Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition by Arundhati Roy, B. R. Ambedkar