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Caste, Shambuka and Marginalized Reinterpretations of The Ramayana

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  Emma Leiken  A tapasvi is to be venerated, whoever it may be. ~ Kuvempu, (Shudra Tapasvi) For many staunch devotees of Rama within the Hindu tradition, the Shambuka incident within The Ramayana is an illegitimate part of the canon. This is the case, because for many, the Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s standard Ramayana telling (which …

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What’s in a Name? Buddhist, Mahar, or Dalit

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  Emma Leiken An excerpt from “The New-Epoch Builders: Buddhist Identities and the Reclamation of Personhood in the Ambedkar Conversion Movement.” Contextualizing article: I am submitting an excerpt (or chapter) from my senior thesis to be published in Round Table India. The full thesis is entitled, “The New-Epoch Builders: Buddhist Identities and the Reclamation of …