Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism


  • Author: Kancha Ilaiah
  • Publisher: Samya
  • ISBN-13: 9788185604695
  • Pages: 206
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2004

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About The Book

‘O Mother Lachumamma, Your blouse is torn,
Your hair is soiled, your sari in rags,
You have no money to buy new ones.
Even in that condition what have you done?
You planted saplings, walking backwards like a bull
In order to produce food from the mud.’
Kancha Ilaiah translated these words of the Telugu poet, singer, activist Gaddar to emphasize the productivity of the ordinary people, the Dalit-Bahujans of India, who receive so little in return, deprived of the gains of development and globalization but not of the losses in their wake. Arguing forcefully for social justice, this book contains a selection from Kancha Ilaiah’s columns in popular newspapers like The Hindu, the Deccan Herald, the deccan Chronicle, the Hindustan Times among others, and journals like Mainstream and the Economic and Political weekly.
Strongly advocating the Dalitization of Indian society that will undo its moorings in spiritual fascims, which refuses equality or freedom to teh majority, he commentds the positive values of the buffalo as a productive animal thta epitomizes the qualities of the Dali-Bahujans. Among the many issues he tackles are the right to conversion, the role of the OBCs as providing muscle power to the Hindutva forces, the imperative need for the spread of English amongst all castes and for reservation quotas in education and employment, on globalization and gender. Combative, heartfelt, intellectually rigorous, these pieces present his vision of a more just society.

Table Of Contents
On Communal Violence
On Clash of Civilizations
On Social Justice
On Caste
On The Right To Religion
On electoral Politics
On Culture
On Globalization
On Education

About The Author

Kancha Ilaiah is Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad, and an activist in the Dalitbahujan and civil liberties movement.