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Author: B.R. Ambedkar
Foreword/Introduction: Sharmila Rege
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788189059538
A Brahman ‘mega convention’ in contemporary Pune reasserts faith in endogamy for ‘national interest’, and imposes new codes on Brahman women. A Brahman Congress leader suggests that a Dalit chief minister be raped and paid compensation.
In his 1916 paper “Castes in India”, the 25-year-old Ambedkar offered the insight that the caste system thrives by its control of women, and that caste is a product of sustained endogamy. Since then, till the time he piloted the Hindu Code Bill, seeking to radicalise women’s rights in the 1950s, Ambedkar deployed a range of arguments to make his case against Brahmanism and its twin, patriarchy.
While Ambedkar’s original insights have been neglected by sociologists, political theorists and even feminists, they have been kept alive, celebrated and memorialised by Dalit musical troupes and booklets in Maharashtra.
Sharmila Rege, in this compelling selection of Ambedkar’s writings on the theme of Brahmanical patriarchy, illuminates for us his unprecedented sociological observations. Rege demonstrates how and why Ambedkar laid the base for what was, properly speaking, a feminist take on caste.
‘…manages to cover an enormous terrain along with commentary that delves into Ambedkar’s life and times’
‘Rege’s hallmark talent in reading popular cultural sources shines through’
‘Against the Madness of Manu… echoes Ambedkar’s deeply moving and brilliant text, The Buddha and His Dhamma.
= Economic & Political Weekly
‘This book should be essential reading for all students of social science’
= Hindustan Times
Towards a Feminist Reclamation of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
Introduction: Caste as Endogamy
Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development
The Rise and fall of the Hindu Woman: Who was Responsible for it?
Introduction: The ‘Madness of Manu’
Riddle No. 18: Manu’s Madness of the Brahmanic Explanation of the Origin of the Mixed Castes
Riddle No. 19: The Change from Paternity to Maternity: What did the Brahmans Wish to Gain by it?
The Riddle of Rama and Krishna
Introduction: The Unwept and Unsung Death
The Hindu Code Bill
‘I Belong to the Other Caste’
On the Eve of Resigning from the Cabinet