Author: Kancha Ilaiah
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185604827
A provocative statement from the author who looks at the socio-economic and cultural differences between the Dalit bahujans and the other Hindus.
The author who identifies himself as a Dalit bahujan, a member of 'exploited and suppressed majority of Indians, writes with passionate anger, laced with sarcasm, on the situation in India today. He looks at the socioeconomic and cultural differences between the Dalitbahujans and the other Hindus in the context of childhood, family life, market relations, power relations, Gods and Goddesses, death and not, least , Hindutva. Collecting many of the ideas of Bahujan, he presents their vision of a more just society.
Says the author: In our childhood, all of us, the Dalitbahujans of India, never heard the word Hindu - not as a word, nor as the name of a culture, nor as the name of the religion. We heard abut Turukoollu (Muslims), we heard about Kirastaanapoollu (Christians), we heard about Baapanoollu (Brahmins) and Koomatoollu (Baniyas) spoken of as people who were different from us.