THE author begins by voicing his grievance at finding plenty of literature on Nehru, Marxism and Gandhism but not on Ambedkar at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and it is this which prompts him to write a book on Indian nationalism from the Dalit bahujan perspective.
In the introduction, he says that Indian nationalism has had a Western origin because of which and also because of the Brahmanic background of many scholars, Hindu religion has been perceived as a nationalist religion with caste prejudices set aside in nationalist discourses. He says that for Ambedkar “the very history of Hindu religion is a terrain of war. Its birth is based on caste and untouchability and its death is also related to those structures.”
The book examines the Dalit movement that reconstructed the Dalit ideology and consciousness in Andhra Pradesh after instances of massacre of Dalits in Karamchedu and Chundur in the 1980s and 1990s.
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