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By Arundhati Roy, B. R. Ambedkar

ISBN-10: 178168832X

ISBN-13: 9781781688328

"What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist global, Annihilation of Caste is to India." —Anand Teltumbde, writer of The endurance of Caste.

B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste is without doubt one of the most crucial, but overlooked, works of political writing from India. Written in 1936, it's an audacious denunciation of Hinduism and its caste approach. Ambedkar—a determine like W.E.B. Du Bois—offers a scholarly critique of Hindu scriptures, scriptures that sanction a rigidly hierarchical and iniquitous social process. The world's best-known Hindu, Mahatma Gandhi, replied publicly to the provocation. The hatchet was once by no means buried.

Arundhati Roy introduces this broadly annotated variation of Annihilation of Caste in "The health professional and the Saint," interpreting the endurance of caste in sleek India, and the way the clash among Ambedkar and Gandhi keeps to resonate. Roy takes us to the start of Gandhi's political occupation in South Africa, the place his perspectives on race, caste and imperialism have been formed. She tracks Ambedkar's emergence as an important political determine within the nationwide flow, and exhibits how his scholarship and intelligence illuminated a political fight beset by way of sectarianism and obscurantism. Roy breathes new lifestyles into Ambedkar's anti-caste utopia, and says that and not using a Dalit revolution, India will stay hobbled through systemic inequality.

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The following year the Muslim League demanded not only that India become independent from Britain but that it consist of two “nations,” one Hindu and one Muslim, with suitable protection for Muslims from what was envisioned as a Hindu-dominant India. Indian Muslims were split on both questions. Some, such as the princes, had good working relations with the British and saw nothing to gain from an independent India or even a Muslim-dominated Pakistan. Many of the rulers of the princely states (Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh) opposed partition and only grudgingly gave in to British pressure to join one or the other dominions.

Although some mass-based Muslim political organizations were present in East Bengal, there was no guarantee that they would be the chosen representatives of the Muslim population. For all their distinctiveness, Muslims shared many interests with the other populations of India, and on the regional level their cultures were intertwined. Punjabis—whether Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh—had a similar worldview and approach to life. Likewise, many South Indian Muslim communities had more in common with their fellow Tamil or Malayalam speakers than with the Urdu or Punjabi speakers to the north.

34 The Idea of Pakistan The Congress’s nonparticipation in the war made the British wary. Those in military and strategic circles in particular had to look after postwar British imperial interests and vastly distrusted Gandhi and the Congress Party. Though India was no longer the jewel in the imperial crown, Britain still had colonies to India’s east and precious oil reserves to its west. There was also some concern that India, led by the “leftist” Nehru, might fall under Soviet influence. The idea of Pakistan as an independent, pro-Western state remaining under Western (that is, British) tutelage was thus quite attractive.

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