Author: Gail Omvedt
Publisher: Orient Longman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125006362
This work deals with the way in which the Dalit movement and other social forces have confronted and contested brahmanic Hinduism.
Dalit Visions explores and critiques the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism; and Hinduism with Brahmanism; which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilization.
It shows that even secular minds remain imprisoned within this Brahmanical vision, and the language of secular discourse is often steeped in a Hindu ethos. The tract looks at alternative traditions, nurtured within dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and its history.
While seeking to understand the varied dalit visions that have sought to alter the terms of the dominant order, this tract persuades us to reconsider our ideas, listen to those voices which we often refuse to hear and understand the visions which seek to change the world in which dalits live.
CONTENTS: Introduction / The Construction of Hinduism / Hinduism as Brahman Exploitation: Jotiba Phule / Hinduism as Patriarchy: Ramabai, Tarabai and Others / Hinduism as Aryan Conquest: The Dalit Radicals of the 1920s / Hinduism as Counter-Revolution: BR Ambedkar / Hinduism as Delhi Rule: Periyar and the National Question / Brahman Socialism and the Hindu Rate of Growth / Hinduism as Feudal Backwardness: The Dalit Panthers / The Logic of Dalit Politics / Conclusion: Sita's Curse, Shambuk's Silence/ Notes