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Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India

Suryakant Waghmore SAGE Publications India, Sep 30, 2013 - Social Science - 276 pages 2 Reviews Civil society as an analytical concept is increasingly treated with suspicion in the study of politics in postcolonial societies. While engaging with Dalit struggles for civility, this book offers a critique of normative liberal assumptions of civil society and also counters the scholarship that rejects the idea and possibility of civil society in postcolonial societies.

Based on an ethnography of Dalit movements in Maharashtra, this book highlights the centrality of caste in constructing localized forms and processes of civil society. The study marks a shift from perspectives that either emphasize the role of the state in shaping civil society or totally ignore the role of caste in its formation. As one of the first books on the post-Panther phase of Dalit politics in Maharashtra, this book makes an important contribution. It reopens the debate on the nature and forms of Dalit assertion in the 1990s and looks beyond the ‘impasse’ in Dalit politics. Preview this book »

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एकीकडे समाजातून जात हद्दपार करण्याचे आवाहन, तर दुसरीकडे जातीय हिंसाचाराच्या घटनांमध्ये होत असलेली प्रचंड वाढ हे आजच्या भारतीय समाजाचे विरोधाभासी चित्र. महाराष्ट्रात विदर्भातील खैरलांजीपासून मराठवाड्यात नुकत्याच घडलेल्या खर्डा येथील घटनेपर्यंत दलितविरोधी हिंसाचाराचे क्रूर चक्रच सध्या जोरात सुरू आहे. दलित अत्याचाराचे मूळ समजून घेत, भारतातील सामाजिक बदल तसेच जातींच्या राजकारणासोबतच सभ्यता आणि जात (Civility and Caste) याविषयाला केंद्रस्थानी ठेवून लेखक, अभ्यासक सूर्यकांत वाघमोरे यांनी 'सिव्हिलिटी अगेन्स्ट कास्टः दलित पॉलिटिक्स अॅण्ड सिटिझनशिप इन वेस्टर्न इंडिया' या पुस्तकातून सविस्तर प्रकाश टाकला आहे. लेखक हे मुंबईतील टाटा इन्स्टिट्यूट फॉर सोशल सायन्सेसमध्ये प्राध्यापक आहेत. इग्लंडमधील एडिन्बर्ग विद्यापीठात संशोधन कार्यासाठी त्यांनी उपरोक्त विषय निवडला होता. बीड जिल्हा हा एकक मानून या विषयाला केंद्रस्थानी ठेवून तिथल्या दलितांचे रोजचे जीवन आणि लोक-संस्कृतीचा सविस्तर अभ्यास पुस्तकात मांडला आहे.
'हाय डेमोक्रसी, लो सिव्हिलिटी' असलेल्या भारतात दलितांच्या नागरी हक्काच्या लढ्यात सभ्यतेसाठीचा (Civility) लढा महत्वाचा ठरतो. मध्ययुगीन काळातील असहिष्णुता आणि उद्धटपणा त्यागून सौजन्यशील व्यवहाराने त्याची जागा घेणे हे सभ्य समाजाचे वैशिष्ट्य. मात्र दलित अत्याचाराच्या घटनांमधील वाढ पाहता भारतातील लोकशाहीवादी समाजात नैतिकता तसेच सहिष्णुतेला आजही मोठा पल्ला गाठायचा आहे, असे लेखकाचे प्रतिपादन आहे.
लित अत्याचारात राज्यातल्या प्रभुत्वशाली जाती कशा पुढे आहेत याचे विश्लेषण वाघमोरे यांनी..हारिस शेख

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SURYAKANT Waghmore’s well researched book, Civility against Caste, based on an ethnography of Dalit movements in Beed district of the Marathwada region in Maharashtra, examines Dalit activism, the role of NGOs and of political parties like the BSP in mobilising Dalits to fight for their rights. Discrimination, writes Waghmore, can express itself loudly through violence or through what he describes as ‘the paradox of high democra- cy and low civility’ in Indian politics – the rude behaviour towards Dalits by upper castes who con- tinue to block their presence in public spaces. Discrimination can also be chillingly silent like the discrimination a Dalit student might face in college.
Waghmore’s research is contemporary and offers a fresh perspective. He examines the culture of caste, politics and economics in villages in Beed. At the grassroots, Dalits are asserting their rights and fac- ing a backlash of violence. But the reaction of state institutions is tardy and it’s tough to get justice with- out protests. The Manavi Hakk Abhiyan (MHA) and the BSP have played a salient role. So have NGOs. The book also writes about the land rights movement in Beed and how international NGOs and MHA have played a very positive role.
Civil Society Onlline - May 2014


1 Caste and Dalit Politics in the Making of Civil Society 1 2 Dalit Movements in the PostPanther Period 26 3 Of Peasant Kings and Untouchable Citizens 62 4 Jameen Aamchya Hakkachi 91 5 The Imagined Bahujan 116 6 Beyond Mahar Dominance 144 7 Electoral Politics and Dalit Freedoms 166 8 Between High Democracy and Low Civility 199 Glossary 208 References 212 Index 227 About the Author 236 Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Suryakant Waghmore is Associate Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Social Justice and Governance, TISS, Mumbai. He is author of Civility Against Caste (SAGE 2013). His current research focuses on changing forms of caste etiquette in modern India.

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Title Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India
EBSCO ebook academic collection Author Suryakant Waghmore Publisher SAGE Publications India, 2013 ISBN 8132118863, 9788132118862 Length 276 pages Subjects Social Science  › Sociology  › General

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