The Shudras: Vision for a New Path

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The Shudras: Vision for a New Path weaves together multiple dimensions of the predicament of India’s productive castesin the spiritual, social, political, economic, philosophical and historical spheres. It reformulates their current position as well as future pathways. It strives to provoke Shudras-including regional political party leaders-all over India to realize their unique historical role in fighting unequal caste structures. And it gives a call to resist Hindutva, in which they have no liberated, equal space with the Dwija castes. At a juncture when the Shudra castes are regionalized and the Dwijas have become ‘national’, the fifth volume of the Rethinking India series, in collaboration with the Samruddha Bharat Foundation, seeks to bring home the real picture of their marginalized status in all key structures of the nation. It posits that the emancipation and progress of the Shudras are vital to sustain Ambedkar’s constitutional democracy and move towards socio-spiritual equality.

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KANCHA ILAIAH SHEPHERD is former director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, and former head of the department of political science at Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is a social activist and political theorist and has been writing in English and Telugu for forty years. His well-known books, Why I Am Not a HinduGod as a Political PhilosopherPost-Hindu India
and Buffalo Nationalism, have played a critical role in shaping Shudra/OBC/Dalit discourse in India and abroad.


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