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Buffalo Nationalism
A Critique of Spiritual Fascism

  • Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd - Retired, Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

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December 2018 | 268 pages | SAGE Select
‘O Mother Lachumamma, your blouse is torn,
Your hair is soiled, your sari in rags . . .
Even in that condition what have you done?
You planted saplings, walking backwards like a bull,
In order to produce food from the mud.’

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd translates these words of the Telugu poet, singer, activist Gaddar to emphasize the productivity of the ordinary people, the Dalit-Bahujans of India, who receive so little in return. Arguing forcefully against spiritual fascism, which refuses equality or freedom to the majority, he commends the buffalo as a productive animal that epitomizes the qualities of the Dalit-Bahujans. This book contains a selection from Ilaiah Shepherd’s columns in The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times among others, and journals such as Mainstream and Economic and Political Weekly.

Of particular interest is the new Afterword that discusses his political and social programme for the Sudras of India, presenting his vision of a more just society.
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
On Communal Violence
 
Ayodhya: What Stake Do OBCs Have?
 
Consequences of the Call for Epic War
 
Dalit, OBC and Muslim Relations
 
The Rise of Modi
 
On Clash of Civilizations
 
A Case of Slipping Morality
 
A Lesson to Be Learnt
 
The Invisible Country
 
Heroes Who Made the Word Rock and Roll
 
On Social Justice
 
A Paradigm Shift
 
Attacks on Ambedkar
 
The Bard Whose Song Is His Weapon
 
Countering the Counter-Revolution
 
Hindutva and the War-Loving Self
 
Spiritual Fascism and Civil Society
 
Freedom Unattained
 
On Caste
 
The Buffalo’s Unholy Milk
 
Durban, Caste and Indian Democracy
 
Secularism: The Predicament of the OBCs
 
Caste and Women’s Sexuality
 
Caste Shadows in London
 
Caste in a New Mould
 
On the Right to Religion
 
Hinduism and the Right to Religion
 
Reject the Oppressor
 
Religion and Democracy
 
Spiritual Democracy
 
Where Should the Reform Begin?
 
On Electoral Politics
 
Sonia, Swadeshi and Videshi
 
The End of Dalit Ideology?
 
Major Priorities
 
On Culture
 
Cow and Culture
 
Cows, Buffaloes and Nationalism
 
Hinduism and Capitalist Ethics
 
The Buddha Smiles in Afghanistan
 
On Globalization
 
Cultural Globalization
 
Dalits and Globalization
 
Death Wish?
 
On Education
 
A Lesson from African English
 
Caste, Clinton and the IT Revolution
 
Through Books, Ships and Sea
 
Blacks, Science and National Pride
 
Education and the Dignity of Labour
 
Reservations: Experience as Framework of Debate
 
Index
 
Afterword
 
Afterword: Where are the sudras?

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Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd recently retired as Director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He is Chairman of Telangana Mass and Social Organizations (T-Mass) that works for English-medium education. He has helped to build up Dalit-Bahujan and civil liberties movements in India. He received the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award, 2000. His paper ‘Experience as Framework of Debate’, which appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly, set up new terms for the debate on the reservation policy during the anti-Mandal struggle in 1990. His contributions have appeared in... More About Author

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