By Arundhati Roy, B. R. Ambedkar
"What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist global, Annihilation of Caste is to India." —Anand Teltumbde, writer of The patience of Caste.
B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste is likely one of the most vital, but missed, works of political writing from India. Written in 1936, it really is an audacious denunciation of Hinduism and its caste procedure. Ambedkar—a determine like W.E.B. Du Bois—offers a scholarly critique of Hindu scriptures, scriptures that sanction a rigidly hierarchical and iniquitous social procedure. The world's best-known Hindu, Mahatma Gandhi, answered publicly to the provocation. The hatchet was once by no means buried.
Arundhati Roy introduces this largely annotated variation of Annihilation of Caste in "The health care professional and the Saint," interpreting the endurance of caste in glossy India, and the way the clash among Ambedkar and Gandhi maintains to resonate. Roy takes us to the start of Gandhi's political occupation in South Africa, the place his perspectives on race, caste and imperialism have been formed. She tracks Ambedkar's emergence as an enormous political determine within the nationwide stream, and indicates how his scholarship and intelligence illuminated a political fight beset by way of sectarianism and obscurantism. Roy breathes new lifestyles into Ambedkar's anti-caste utopia, and says that with out a Dalit revolution, India will remain hobbled through systemic inequality.
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Vi. 25. Solin. lvii. t ' Travels,' iii. 166. f Cellarius, iii. 22, p. ' 38 THE ANCIENT CiEOOBBPHY OF INDIA. Thus we have Kabura and the Kabolitae, Drepsa and the Drepsiani, Taxila and the Taxili, Kaspeira and the Kaspeiraei, from which I would infer, that there was most probably also a town named Cadrusia, whose inhabitants were called Cadrusi. This inference is strengthened by the correspondence, both in name and in position of the ruined mound of Koratib, with the Cadrusi of Pliny. The names of other peoples and towns me recorded by Ptolemy ; but few of them can now be identified, as we have nothing to guide us but the bare names.
There can be no doubt, therefore, that Kabul must be the place that was visited by the pilgrim. In another place the capital is said to be 700 li, or 116 miles, from Bamian, which agrees very well with the measured distance of 104 miles$ between Bamian and Kabul, along the shortest route. The name of the capital, as given by the Chinese pilgrim, has been rendered by M. Vivien de St. Martin as Pardasthdna, and identified with the district of the Wardak tribe, while the name of the province has been identified with H u p i h or Opikn.
T ' Hionen Thsang,' ii. 69. The text has " seventy ;"but the number actually described is eighty-two, from which, deducting Persia and Ceylon, the true number of kingdoms ie eighty. 14 THE API'CIENT GEOQRAPHY OF INDIA. Kanoj, as we are informed by the Chinese pilgrim that Harsha Varddhana advanced through his territory to the foot of the Kashmir hills, for the purpose of coercing the ruler of that country to deliver up to him a much-venerated tooth of Buddha. The Rajput king of MahiLribhtra, in Southern India, was the only sovereign who had successllly resisted the armies of Kanoj.
Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition by Arundhati Roy, B. R. Ambedkar