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Hatred in the Belly: Two Book Launch & Discussion Events in Chennai

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It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the book launch events and discussions to be held at Chennai.

Event 1 

Hatred in the Belly: Discussion on Appropriation of Dr. Ambedkar’s Writings, Life & Struggle

Date: Saturday, 13th February 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: At ICSA Centre, Egmore (Opposite to Govt. Museum), Chennai.

Special Invitees

Punitha Pandian, Publisher – Dalit Murasu
Neelakandan, Publisher – Karuppu Prathigal
Naren Bedide (Kuffir), Founder , Editor – Round Table India
Prof.  Lenin, Dept. of Tamil, Loyola College, Chennai
Dr Karthick RM, University of Essex, UK
Dr Ezhilan Naganathan, Youth Activist & Rationalist
Dr Anu Radha, Dr Ambedkar Govt. Arts College, Chennai
Prince Gajendra Babu, Educationist, State Platform for Common School System

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In 2014, Arundhati Roy and Navayana publications came together to introduce the seminal text Annihilation of Caste, penned by Dr Ambedkar in 1936. This Roy-Navayana project annotated the Annihilation of Caste with an introduction that suffers from over wrought prose, by Arundhati Roy. Roy was then promoted to be a co-author with DrAmbedkar in this priced edition. This triggered a series of nationwide debates by dalit-bahujan intellectuals, researchers and students.

These debates included misappropriating knowledge production by Roy and Navayana;exposing their insinuating narratives that repositions Brahmanical hegemony in anti-caste articulations; commodifying and privatizing a treatise that has been in public for decades and finally exposing Roy’s privileged and insufficient intellect to read the radical text.

These debates also showed the world that a refreshing Dalit and anti-caste scholarships is in the making to challenge Brahmanical hegemony. These collective voices culminated in the book ‘Hatred in the belly: Politics behind appropriation of Dr. Ambedkar’s writings.’

Saturday’s event would mark the launch of the book in Chennai and further the discussions and struggle against Brahmanical hegemony. The city has a legacy of early Dalit publications such as ‘Oru Paisa Tamilan’ by Iyothee Thasar in 1907 and the discussions would also aim to chronicle and understand the assertion of anti-caste publications from dalit-bahujan spaces against the context of institutions such as Navayana Publishers which attempt to appropriate and distort the Ambedkarite movement.

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The book will also be launched on the same day in another event, details are as follows:

Event 2

Hatred in the belly: Book Launch and Rohith Vemula’s Torch bearing   

Saturday, 13th February 2016, 3.30: PM to 7.30 PM.

Venue: Kaviko Arangam, 2nd Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (near Music Academy)

Chief Guests

Prof. Naganathan, Prof. A Karunananthan, Naren Bedide (Kuffir), Kathiravan, Journalist Tamil Arasan, Prof. Semmalar.

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The programme will be co-ordinated by Dr. Ezhilan Naganathan. The book will be introduced to a gathering largely drawn from students and teachers. The event would mark discussions on the tragic death of Rohith Vemula, Research Scholar in Hyderabad Central University.

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All are Welcome. Jai Bhim!

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