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The Blindness of Insight
The Blindness of Insight

The Blindness of Insight

by Dilip M Menon

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English

Publisher

Navayana

ISBN

8189059076 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 169

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Paperback

Dilip M Menon
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Author: Dilip M Menon
Publisher: Navayana
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 169
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8189059076

Description

Is communalism a deflection of the violence and inegalitarianism within Hindu society? How has the deployment of violence against an internal Other, the dalit, come to be transformed into aggression against an external Other, the Muslim? Does the dalit have the right to life in modern India? Exploring the intimate relation between the discourses of caste, secularism and communalism, Dilip Menon argues that communalism in India may well be the return of the repressed histories of caste.

In four essays that position caste as the central faultline of modern India, Menon finds out why the use of Marxism and its concepts was idiosyncratic at best and instrumental at worst for a Brahmin like EMS Namboodiripad; how the subordinated castes in the late nineteenth century wrote themselves into modernity using the Malayalam novel and Christianity; and why the use of violence in the maintenance of caste hierarchy remains the central occluded fact of Indian society: so present, yet so invisible.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Thinking Caste in Modern India

The Blindness of Insight
Why Communalism in India is about Caste

Being a Brahmin the Marxist Way
E M S Namboodiripad and the Pasts of Kerala

A Place Elsewhere
The Nineteenth - Century Subaltern Novel in Malayalam

Caste and Colonial Modernity
Reading Saraswativijayam

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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