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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 6)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Chapter 3 How the Arya Brahmans arrived from Iran and the prior condition of the Shudra peasants; and how the current government constantly levies all kinds of new taxes on the farmers in order to provide whatever pay and pensions their employees want; and how the farmers have been forced into …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 5)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Both the money-eating government employees who harass the farmers and the completely illiterate farmers who give them bribes out of their dependence get legal punishment. If the cost of the police investigation is born by the bhakri-eating fearful weaponless ruined farmers along with the Bhat Phadke who organized attacks against the unarmed …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 4)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Chapter 2 Since the white government bureaucrats are mostly in a stupor due to their life of luxury, they have no way of getting any information about the true condition of the farmers, and their overall carelessness allows Brahman employees to dominate all the government departments. Between the two, the farmers …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 3)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar After that, if some rare combination of sacred events come, the Bhat Brahmans lead so many well-off farmers to Nashik, Wai and other places of pilgrimage and extort large amounts of wealth from them on the pretence of religious donations, wheedling at least one coin from all the …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 2)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Chapter 1 Due to the dominance of the selfish Bhat-Brahmans in all government departments, they have been able to so deceive the ignorant farmers with the sham of their self-interested religion that they have no resources left to send their tiny children to school, and even those who …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Introduction)

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  Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar A brief introduction to Phule: Jotirao Phule (1827-1890) is considered a founder not only of the anti-caste movement; in Maharashtra he is also looked upon as father of the farmers’ movement, the women’s movement, and a bahujan-oriented environmental movement. He was born in a Mali (gardener jati) …

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The Mahar Movement’s Military Component

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  Richard B. White [I]n the Bombay Army, `the Brahmin stands shoulder to shoulder in the ranks, nay sleeps in the same tent with his Parwari [Mahar] soldier, and dreams not of any objection to the arrangement.’ –Brigadier John Jacob, Views and Opinions, 1858.   Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, is famous for being “the most …