Nandanar's Children: The Paraiyans' Tryst with Destiny, Tamil Nadu 1850 - 1956

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SAGE Publications, Feb 14, 2011 - History - 424 pages
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The narrative of this book is built around the historical experiences of the Paraiyars of Tamil Nadu. The author traces the transformation of the Paraiyars from an untouchable and socially despised community to one that came to acquire prominence in the political scene of Tamil Nadu, especially in early 20th century. Through this framework, the book studies a number of issues: subaltern history, colonial ethnography, agrarian systems, agrarian bondage, land legislations, and the interventions by missionaries and social and political organizations.

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About the author (2011)

Raj Sekhar Basu is Reader, Department of History, University of Calcutta. Prior to his present appointment, he was Lecturer in the Department of History, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has also been Visiting Scholar to the Department of History, Uppsala University; Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Department of History, Osmania University.

Dr Basu has been awarded many fellowships including Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Faculty Research Fellowships, Charles Wallace Travel Grants, Wellcome Trust Travel Grants and the Fulbright Seminar Grant, among others. 

He has published papers in various reputed journals such as the Indian Historical Review, Studies in History, Contemporary Perspectives in History and Sociology, Seminar, Gandhi Marg, Social Science Probings, Social Scientist and Calcutta Historical Journal.

He has also contributed chapters in volumes published by leading international publishers. He has edited a volume and a monograph on Dalit history.

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