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What sets his book canada goose outlet london uk apart from other tomes on Dalit writing is that it is not a compilation of the movement. It doesn’t even evaluate commitment towards the Dalit cause of various political parties. Instead, it directly engages with readers prodding them to look at current developments from the Swacch Bharat Mission, to the state of education or the campaign against so called urban Maoists, through the prism of caste.
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This book is not to comfort anyone as social scientist Sunil Khilnani notes in his foreward. Teltumbde spares no one. He slams the leftists who comfortably ignored caste politics confabulating it with class dynamics. He tears through Ambedkarites for overtly celebrating caste identities, reducing him to an “inert godhead”, instead of following Ambedkar’s own vision of annihilation of caste. He dismisses the “Dalit bourgeoisie” for failing to pull out their fellow brethrens. He fumes at the Sangh Parivar and the BJP’s efforts at appropriating Ambedkar. He mocks the Congress and prescribes homework for its president Rahul Gandhi.
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Canada Goose sale Teltumbde feels that for the few who profit from reservation, the whole community has to hear canada goose discount uk the “cliched and outrageous argument” that reservation promotes the undeserving and undermines merit. He wonders that even if the Dalits demand scrapping of reservation would the ruling class agree considering that it is the most important rallying point in every election. Canada Goose sale
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canada goose uk outlet The uniqueness of Indian society where the class dynamics is further complicated by the caste layers had flummoxed Marx too. Surprisingly, the two movements, Communism and Dalit activism, though buy canada goose uk running parallel, never really found a meeting point. Teltumbde dissects this dichotomy. He squarely blames the communists for taking the metaphor of base and superstructure as though it was incontrovertible. He quotes the example of textile mills of Bombay where despite communist control over the workers, the practice of untouchability continued. At the same time he blames Ambedkarites for not participating in land movements, which would have paid richer dividends than reservation. canada goose uk outlet
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The book starts going off on a canada goose sale uk tangent as it canada goose outlet store uk looks at political parties and their idea of caste. Especially the last chapter on Aam Aadmi Party looks completely misplaced.
The general election is just nine months away. The Narendra Modi government is struggling to prove its Dalit credentials. As the election season nears, the cacophonous tug of war between the government and opposition each trying to outdo the other as a Dalit champion will intensify. At such a time, Teltumbde’s book will come in handy as a critical guidebook on Ambedkar’s vision, which has been distorted over the years.