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The collective dilemma of the left, right and centre: What to do with Ambedkar?

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  Anoop Kumar (His speech at the ‘The Colonization of Ambedkar: Caste Politics behind Roy-Navayana’s Appropriation of Annihilation of Caste ~ A Discussion‘ held on 21st December, 2014, at University of Mumbai) My name is Anoop and I am not an academician or a very accomplished speaker so please excuse me if I am not …

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Does Arundhati Roy have any other qualification than her stardom?

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  [This interview with Sunny M. Kapicadu appeared first in the online Malayalam portal Utharakalam on April 17, 2014. He was interviewed by Dr O. K. Santhosh, Assistant Professor, University of Madras. Sunny M. Kapicadu is one of the most prominent Dalit activists and intellectuals in Kerala. He has been active in all the subaltern protests …

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Roy-Navayana project: The critique so far

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  We have put together, for our readers’ convenience, this compilation of all the articles which have appeared on Round Table India so far (some more are yet to be published) on the Roy-Navayana project of appropriation of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste. The articles have been listed in chronological order, with short excerpts from each article. …

Dr. Ambedkar

A Reply To The Mahatma By Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

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  (This reply was included as Appendix II in the second edition of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar‘s ‘Annihilation of Caste’)  I appreciate greatly the honour done me by the Mahatma in taking notice in his Harijan of the speech on Caste which I had prepared for the Jat Pat Todak Mandal. From a perusal …

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Ambedkar Needs No Introduction

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  Gail Omvedt Gail OmvedtBook: The Annihilation of CasteAuthor: BR AmbedkarPublisher: NavayanaPages: 415 pagesPrice: Rs 525 The annotated edition of Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is prefaced by an article by Arundhati Roy entitled ‘The Doctor and the Saint,’ which takes up one aspect of Ambedkar’s theoretical and philosophical work. Roy’s essay is listed as an …

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The Brahmean Machine: Distorting Revolt into Surrender

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  Shakyamuni Chandal A veritable danger lurks over the whole corpus of knowledge and practices developed as a result of Dalit existence, assertion and its resistance to Brahminism; in short, the entire Dalit episteme: from the teachings of Buddha, Ajiwakas, Siddhas, Naths, Bauls, south Indian revolutionaries like Akkamahadevi, Basavanna, Chenna Basavanna, Kinnari Bommayya, Siddharama, Allamaprabhu …

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Annotations on the Indian shore: Cultural Pedagogy of the Writings of Oppressors and its Faultlines

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   Yogesh Maitreya Alongside social and economic capital, cultural capital is one important source from which power flows in any society. Culture of any country is always that which is perceived as culture by the dominant (oppressor) groups, neglecting that of the oppressed. Writing, regardless of genre, is often used as one of the major …

Assertion

Arundhati Roy tilts towards Gandhi: Prof. K. Y. Ratnam

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  A report on the special discussion on ‘Politics of Publication and Introductory Paradoxes’ held on 28th March, 2014, in University of Hyderabad S Swaroop Sirapangi Dr B R Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), University of Hyderabad organized a special discussion over Navayana’s latest volume, ‘Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition’, which also includes an …