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From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual

From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual
My Memoirs

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

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Cultural Studies | History | Sociology

October 2018 | 372 pages | SAGE Select

‘Caste is Race in Ancient Times,

Race is Caste in Modern Times,

Untouchability is an Aryan Construct.

They said God has not created Untouchables.’

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd goes on to say, ‘Many people from the Brahmin–Baniya castes have written about their own greatness in their autobiographies, in English and in the regional languages. But I have not seen even a single autobiography of a person born and brought up in the shepherd community’. He adds that it is in writing about themselves that people gain a sense of self-respect. Shepherd’s evocative memoirs reveal the struggle for education and dignity that a great majority of Indians undergo. As a little boy herding sheep and goats, he and his brother were the first to go to school. The author writes of his long and often interrupted journey to becoming a writer and an intellectual, without support and having to overcome adversities.

Is Ilaiah an Unworthy Name?
Eating the Brains and Learning the Unknown
Getting Free from Saraswathi
The Song of Death and Rebellion Against the Priest
Choosing between Two Lusts: Life or Knowledge
Do Ilaiahs Teach in the University?
Working Between Adivasis and Anglicans of India
My Experiments with Untruth
International Victory and National Defeat
What I Ate, How I Wrote and How I Lived

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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