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.
25 September, 2012
An Unforgettable Dalit Voice: Life, Writings and Speeches of M.C. Rajah
Unforgettable Dalit Voice: Life, Writings and Speeches of M.C. Rajah
This book is a collection of writings and speeches
of M.C. Rajah who was one of the great Dalit leaders of pre-Independent India.
Anyone interested in understanding the history of India’s Dalit movement will
find this book very valuable. M.C. Rajah was born in a Dalit family of Tamil
Nadu in 1883 and till he died in 1943 he was in the forefront of the Dalit’s
struggle for equality, justice and rights. What is most important about him is
that he was the first Dalit leader in the Madras Legislative Council and also
the first Dalit leader in the Central Legislative Assembly. His commitment
towards the cause of Dalits and particularly his efforts to make provision for
education of Dalits drew the attention of the British government and he was
conferred the title of Rai Bahadur in 1922. Being influenced by the Non-Brahmin
movement in Tamil Nadu M.C. Rajah realized the importance of mobilizing Dalits
whose interests in his opinion were not protected by Non-Brahmin leaders.
Written in 1925 his book, TheOppressed Hindus, gives an account of
the glorious history and tradition of Dalits in Tamil Nadu and the new identity
given to them as ‘Adi-Dravidas’. M.C. Rajah’s representations to the British
government, correspondence with Gandhiji and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and his speeches
in the provincial and central legislatures for about twenty years provide
valuable insights about his struggle for the empowerment of Dalits.
Swaraj Basu is Professor in History at
Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He is the author of Dynamics of a Caste Movement: The Rajbansis
of North Bengal, 1910-1947, and has published articles on caste identity
and politics in india.