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London launch of Hatred in the belly

London launch of Hatred in the belly

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[Via Murali Shanmugavelan]

We invite you to the London launch of ‘Hatred in the belly: Politics behind the appropriation Dr Ambedkar’s writings‘ by the Ambedkar Age Collective on 6th June, 2016, at SOAS, University of London, Russell Square campus.

london launch

The book is the powerful response by a number of Dalit-Bahujan writers to Arundhati Roy’s ‘much-needed-introduction’ to Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, published by Navayana Press in 2014, and by Verso Press in the UK. While focussing on Arundhati Roy-Navayana’s project as a ‘case study’ of sorts, the book is an important and timely intervention that unpacks the wider politics of appropriation of Ambedkar’s writings by Brahmins/upper caste ‘progressives’. One of the important books of the 21st century, Hatred in the Belly raises important questions of representation and self-assertion.

The book and the discussion around it brings layers and complexity to decolonial discourse in Britain, addressing structures and hegemonies of media, publication and academic discourse within India and how this plays out globally through international collaborations between ‘progressive’ elites. The book is also remarkable for the ways in which, bypassing powerful publishing, marketing and distribution structures and networks, it has emerged from a collective process of writing, editing, translating, publishing, marketing and distribution. Join us for a discussion about the book, with an opportunity to buy a copy.


 Kavita Bhanot

 Shrikant Borkar

 Sruthi Herbert

Anu Ramdas (via Skype)

 Amarjit Singh and

 Murali Shanmugavelan


Room B 102 (Brunei Gallery building, 1st floor)
SOAS, University of London
Russell Square campus

 For more details, please visit the Facebook page of the event