Established in 1969, Manohar is a publishing house and a bookseller serving individuals and libraries. We export books by mail and have a bookstore at Ansari Road in Delhi.
Manohar initially sold only rare and out of print publications, but soon branched out into local sale/export of new books published in India, and then into publishing of scholarly works under its own imprint.
30 July, 2012
Debrahmanising History: Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society
Debrahmanising History: Dominance
and Resistance in Indian Society
By- Braj Ranjan Mani
Egalitarianism is neither alien
to India nor the gift of the West. Marginalized people everywhere have always
aspired to build an egalitarian world. Espousing the perspective of the
non-elites, this book brings out the beauty and resilience of a
counter-tradition by visiting some of the major sites of resistance and
creativity from below. Ranged against caste and brahmanism, this
rational-liberating tradition is to be found in the heterodoxies of various
inclinations, particularly Buddhism, the movements of subaltern saint-poets,
Sufism and Sikhism.
This legacy was carried forward
in modern India by, more than anybody else, Phule, Iyothee Thass, Narayana
Guru, Periyar, and Ambedkar. Recognizing the power of culture in the politics
of transformation, they had emancipatory visions that embraced the whole of an
Indian experience, and stand firmly as an alternative to Tilak-Savarkarite,
Gandhian, and Nehruvian visions. Their determined, but diverse and resourceless
struggles, fought in the teeth of opposition from the caste elites, could not
arrest the neo-brahmanism which under colonial patronage and the archeology of
knowledge derived from Orientalism went on to reincarnate – and nationalize –
itself into octopus-like Hinduism. Their sublime failure adds to their enduring
appeal to the marginalised as old forms of hierarchy and hegemony menacingly
morph into new structures of inequality in post-1947 India.
In some studies, the egalitarian
orientation of this tradition is belatedly being recognised but it is seldom
integrated with macro-level theoretical studies on Indian culture and society.
An attempt in that direction, this searing critique of caste and dominant
historiography is meant for all those who are – or want to be – part of the
ongoing struggle for human liberation.
Braj Ranjan Mani writes on
Indian society and culture from the perspective of the marginalised majority.