THE PARIAH PROBLEM

Rupa Viswanath


THE PARIAH PROBLEM

THE PARIAH PROBLEM

  • Title: THE PARIAH PROBLEM
  • Author: Rupa Viswanath
  • ISBN: 8189059726
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback

The Pariah Problem Caste, Religion, and the Social in Rupa Viswanath s The Pariah Problem is an important, insightful, and very likely lasting contribution to the burgeoning field of Dalit studies, and broadly the study of Indian religion, caste, and the colonial state Ground breaking. The Pariah Problem Caste, Religion, and the Social in The Pariah Problem is most far reaching in its implications, and at its devastating best, in documenting the caste state nexus that developed to contain rather than to solve this problem and continue to thwart genuine solutions today This book will take its place justifiably among the best on the Dalit struggle for equality in India. The Pariah Problem Caste, Religion, and the Social in They belong to India s lowest castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and continue to be a source of public anxiety Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, this book follows the conception and evolution of the Pariah problem in public consciousness in the s. The Pariah Problem Caste, Religion, and the Social in Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, this book follows the conception and evolution of the Pariah Problem in public consciousness in the s It s Once known as Pariahs, Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. The Pariah Problem Caste, Religion and the Social in The Pariah Problem is the name elites gave, not to an injustice to be overcom e, but to an inconvenient reality that threatened their own carefully cultivated public im age, and that therefore had to be jud iciou sly handled and m ade to disappear The Pariah Problem is not m y phrase, but theirs. The Pariah Problem by Rupa Viswanath OverDrive Protestant missionaries were the first non Dalits to draw attention to their plight The missionaries vision of the Pariahs suffering as being a result of Hindu religious prejudice, however, obscured the fact that the entire agrarian political economic system depended on unfree Pariah labor.



Pariah is a cruel word For most speakers of English today, only the dimmest memory of what it once meant survives But for its victims the cruelty is not forgotten, because it is not just a memory This is a book about the joint efforts of native elites and British colonizers to avoid facing the fact that they were the beneficiaries of that cruelty Drawing on newly discoPariah is a cruel word For most speakers of English today, only the dimmest memory of what it once meant survives But for its victims the cruelty is not forgotten, because it is not just a memory This is a book about the joint efforts of native elites and British colonizers to avoid facing the fact that they were the beneficiaries of that cruelty Drawing on newly discovered sources, Viswanath traces the emergence of what was called the Pariah Problem She shows how landlords, state officials, and well intentioned missionaries conceptualized Dalit oppression in a way that foreclosed any real solutions after all, the entire agrarian political economic system depended on the unfree labor of those classed as untouchable Welfare efforts directed at Dalits by the colonial state, Hindus and Christian missionaries focused on religious and social reform, but not political empowerment or structural transformation This laid the groundwork for the present day, where the postcolonial state and elite reformers continue to sideline issues of landlessness, violence, and political subordination About the AuthorRupa Viswanath is professor of Indian Religions at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of G ttingen.


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Rupa Viswanath examines Pariah Problem in India, However -- the title is misleading. It ought to be, Pariah Problem in Tamil Society from 1880's -- Modern times. It seemed to be a big jump talking about India as a whole, there are vast sub-cultures within India, ethnicity. Indians differ on language, ethnicity, caste, religion. Some highlights of what I learned from the book: Most Modern people accuse Missionaries of giving material benefits to people who are suffering to convert them. However, [...]


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