The Pariah Problem

by Rupa Viswanath

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Pariah is a cruel word. For most speakers of English today, only the dimmest memory
 of what it once meant survives. But for its victims, the cruelty is not forgotten, because it is not just a memory. This is a book about the joint efforts of native elites and British colonizers to avoid facing the .....more


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Pariah is a cruel word. For most speakers of English today, only the dimmest memory
 of what it once meant survives. But for its victims, the cruelty is not forgotten, because it is not just a memory. This is a book about the joint efforts of native elites and British colonizers to avoid facing the fact that they were the beneficiaries of that cruelty.
Drawing on newly discovered sources, Viswanath traces the emergence of what was called the “Pariah Problem”. She shows how landlords, state officials, and well- intentioned missionaries conceptualized Dalit oppression in a way that foreclosed any real solutions: after all, the entire agrarian political-economic system depended on the unfree labor of those classed as untouchable.Welfare efforts directed at Dalits—by 
the colonial state, Hindus, and Christian missionaries—focused on religious and social reform, but not political empowerment
 or structural transformation. This laid the groundwork for the present day, where 
the postcolonial state and elite reformers continue to sideline issues of landlessness, violence, and political subordination.

About the author:

Rupa Viswanath is professor of Indian religions at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen.

Other details:

ISBN 9788189059729
Category Fiction and Literature
Language English
Edition First
Published in 2015
Publisher Navayana
Condition Brand New
Pages 396
Width 5.0 inches
Height 8.0 inches
Tags Dalit Studies , Caste , Politics

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