Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution

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SAGE Publications India, Nov 17, 2009 - Social Science - 340 pages
Kancha Ilaiah, the author of the best selling book Why I am Not a Hindu, pens a thought-provoking critique of Brahmanism and the caste system in India, while anticipating the death of Hinduism as a direct consequence of, what he says is, its anti-scientific and anti-nationalistic stand.

This work challenges Hinduism`s interpretation of history, with a virulent attack on caste politics, and also takes a refreshing look at the necessity of encouraging indigenous scientific thought for the sake of national progress. It establishes Hinduism as a `backward` religion that suppresses the latent scientific and productive potential of the Dalit–Bahujan communities. The author says this oppressive system of spiritual fascism is detrimental to both the future of religion and the nation-state. He thus criticizes the idea of spiritual justice or varnadharma, used to justify the caste system, as rooted in spiritual inequality.

On a micro-analytical level, it is based on a thorough study of the productive knowledge systems of the Dalit–Bahujan communities of Andhra Pradesh, and provides a detailed day-to-day analysis of the scientific technological processes and events at work in the life of a member of these communities. On a macro level, it shows how Hinduism fails to negotiate between faith and reason, unlike other major religions of the world.

Kancha Ilaiah critiques the intellectual imagination of the dominant communities and inspires the marginalized. In the process of doing so he crafts a work of immense socio-political interest which appeals to academics, and also to all those who are concerned about contemporary India`s polity and social fabric.
 

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A must read for anyone who has been trying to understand Hinduism.. One of those books which speaks of the irrational views and practices by a culture claiming 'scientific reasons' for certain unreasonable practices. I'd also recommend this to anyone in search for the truth. Mr Illiah is a highly experienced and vocal activist against the atrocities committed to the oppressed classes of Hindu sect by the privileged classes of the Hindu Sect.
This deserves a read by anyone from Westerners who have started associating themselves with primitive thought processes
 

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Most disgusting and filthy book, full of hatred. My education and manners prevent me to use bad words against this intellectual fool, Mr Kancha Illiah. He feels, the expansion of Islam and Christianity in Latin America, and Africa is the process of cleansing the natives and spiritual slavery. What a nonsense? He is surely funded by Missionaries and others who wish the death of Hindusim. I really pity him. Kancha was not the first to write such nonsense. Many in the past tried to destroy Hinduism, but failed miserably. Because it is not a regligion. It is a way of life. Countries and continents converted to Islam and Christianity , but could not shatter the belief of Hindus and will never.  

Contents

1 Unpaid Teachers
1
2 Subaltern Scientists
25
3 Productive Soldiers
49
4 Subaltern Feminists
67
5 Social Doctors
86
6 Meat and Milk Economists
101
7 Unknown Engineers
125
8 Food Producers
140
9 Social Smugglers
159
10 Spiritual Fascists
179
11 Intellectual Goondas
210
12 Symptoms of Civil War and End of Hinduism
232
The PostHindu India
267
Glossary
296
About the Author
303
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Kancha Ilaiah, a passionate social activist and author, is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, Osmania University. He is a major figure in the ideological movement against the Indian caste system and has been instrumental in internationalising Dalit–Bahujan issues. He was born into a Kuruma Golla (an ‘other backward caste’) family and grew up in a small South Indian village. A prolific writer, he has authored several books and regularly contributes articles to national newspapers and magazines. His book Why I am not a Hindu—A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy (1996) is a bestseller. He has also authored God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism, The State and Repressive Culture, Manatatwam (in Telugu), Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism, Turning the Pot, Tilling the land: Dignity of Labour in Our Times and The Weapon of the Other: DalitBahujan Writings and the Remaking of Indian Nationalist Thought.

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