Why I Am Not a Hindu has ratings and 28 reviews. Priya said: Casteism is an evil that has been prevalent in our country for ages though this has most. Why I Am Not a Hindu [Kancha Illaiah] on Kancha Ilaiah ia not a Hindu because it suits his pocket book to be a mouthpiece for the evangelists. Why I am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Kancha Ilaiah’s book Why I am not a Hindu is a manifestation of this.

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Kancha Ilaiah

All of this supports his conclusion that nothing short of a revolution would change the systems of oppression. Why I Am Not a Hindu. This constant attack on colleagues not because of what they did, but because of who they are, leads to internal friction resulting in groupism and marginalization and eventual exit of the minority group. I hope the author has elaborated on what he means by this in the book and I will understand this better when I come across it.

Mar 06, Raman Ramanathan rated it it was amazing.

Now, because of this, the consciousness of worshipping the killer or worshipping violence did not give any space for human rights. Illaiah hasn’t provided evidence for his claims from mythology. Kancha Ilaiah’s book is a must read for anyone who has not understood the crippling role that caste and brahminism play in india, and how brahminism has increasingly co-opted more and more upper caste shudras who are helping to hindi the rest of the dalit bahujans deprived of their true position in society.

Kancha Ilaiah 5 October is an Indian activist and writer. In the process of labour Dalithahujans engage in a constant intercourse with the land.

Reform your liaiah, reform your history. He has also to xm ways of climbing tall trees which do not have branches. Kancha Ilaiah Kancha Ilaiah.

Maybe the publisher should be more careful. Rajiv malhotra to know more about people like him. Yes, I hate Hinduism.

Sudra religion emerged in India, exists only in India, an works within the l conceptual philosophical framework as the religion of the Brahmins and Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.

I specifically enjoyed his criticism of conventional reading of the Ramayana and the inherently violent nature of many mainstream Hindu Gods. He is a prolific writer in English and Telugu. One who lifts dead cattle also knows the science of skinning it.

Overall, it is a terrific read! Anyways, back to caste system.

Why I Am Not a Hindu

History is usually written by and for the people in power; this treatise is written from a point of view of people who are a majority, but not in power. The invisibilisation of the lower castes is definitely a problem.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. A Brabmin dance teacher, while dancing certainly combines both physical and mental labour but does not encounter a risk in every step. Since this is about Telugu castes and culture, it hits closer to home. The remaining part is excessive hkndu bashin The story runs on the narrative that lower-castes Dalitbahujans, as author prefers it have a completely different lifestyle, philosophy, daily practices compared to the other ‘Hindus’.

While climbing, if he does not focus his mind on every step the result is death. Whatever be the reason, the putting off of a potential sympathetic reader does not speak in support of the way the argument has been presented. In fact, every Dalitbahujan body produces more than it consumes.


For centuries the so called goddess of education was against the dalit learning, reading and writing in any language. Not all of them are derided by the Brahmins like he says. Dec 22, Nikhil rated it it was ok Shelves: Jaya Kumari Very sorry to say hindu dharma has nothing in his base Buffalo Nationalism a Critique of Spirital Fascism. Its no wonder, given the degree of caste prejudice which exists.

Whereas Buddha believed in kabcha and resolving the conflict. For a Dalitbahujan body, labour is as habitual as eating is to the stomach. We need more Dalit voices. Interesting but profoundly flawed. The practice of untouchability brutalises human self beyond repair. So class is the same everywhere. Wikipedia has an article about: While this may be slightly untrue, it can still be politically and intellectually useful.

Sep 19, Animesh Mitra rated it it was amazing. These are factual mistakes: While working as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Osmania Universityseveral of Ilaiah’s colleagues as shy as academics affiliated with the university expressed, in an open-letter, their concern with respect to certain o and opinions Ilaiah had contributed to a local newspaper and advised him against writing material that could inflame sectarian discontent nlt prejudice.

I came across this book while I was reading why i am a hindu by shashi tharoor. Mar 29, Pavankumar Reddy rated it it was ok. Hinduisation of urban dalits: Gets into the sad reality of our ancient culture, and how horrendous it is to know that the Aryan hegemony of caste still rules over the vanquished Dravidians even after years.