Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mai Hindu Kyun Nahi

Mai Hindu Kyun Nahi: Hindutva Darshan, Sanskriti Aur Rajnitik Arthashashtra ka Ek Shudravadi Vishleshan
Why I am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy
Kancha Ilaiah
Translated from the English by Omprakash Valmiki
demy octavo pb 154pp ISBN 81-85604-91-6 Rs 120 Sep 2006

This is the authorized translation of the revised edition, as true to the original as is possible in a translation. Translated and edited meticulously, the book is presented to the Hindi-speaking public in the hope that it may be of use to Dalitbahujan activists as well as awaken the interest of the wider society.
In this revised edition, Kancha Ilaiah presents an Afterword that discusses the history of this book, often seen as the manifesto of the downtrodden Dalitbahujans. He talks of its reviews as well as the abuses he has received from its detractors, and his analysis of the text that was first published in 1996 and has been reprinted eight times before the appearance of the new edition. He reminds us of the need for an ongoing dialogue.

Kancha Ilaiah is professor and director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. Omprakash Valmiki is an established name in Hindi literature. He has put together two collections of poetry and two of short stories. He works at Ordnance Factory, Dehradun.

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