WHY I AM NOT A HINDU: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy. by Kancha Ilaiah. Let me make it clear, however, that I am not . Why I Am Not a Hindu. A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy. Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd – Retired, Director, Centre for Study of. Who – or what – is a Hindu? There are no easy answers to this question. From the Oxford English Dictionary: Hinduism: A major religious and.

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Kancha Ilaiahwho now refers to himself symbolically as Kancha Ilaiah Shepherdborn 5 October is an Indian political theoristwriter and activist for Dalit rights.


Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd released his autobiography ‘From a Shepherd boy to Intellectual’ which is a first autobiography by any shudra in English language in India.

Kancha Kattamma was killed during a violent confrontation while protesting against police brutality.

A Dalit activist, [2] Ilaiah is often identified hindj being a Dalit himself in news reports, [6] [7] although he was in fact born into an Other Backward Class community. Ilaiah received an M. Ilaiah earned a Ph.

D on the basis of his work exploring the political dimension of Buddhismculminating in God as Political Philosopher – Buddha Challenge to Brahminism. Ilaiah has encouraged proficiency in the English language for Dalits, arguing that it would allow Dalits in India kanncha intellectually engage the world outside India without non-Dalits speaking “for them”.


Ilaiah identified in this choice recognition and reaffirmation of his family origins. As an English-language proper noun rather than its equivalent in an Indian language, “Shepherd” is meant to demonstrate a symbolic break with the cultural norms Ilaiah believed “Brahmins” sought to “impose” on Indian society.

Ilaiah characterises his name change as a tool for the upliftment of Dalits.

Kancha Ilaiah – Wikipedia

While working as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Osmania Universityseveral of Ilaiah’s colleagues as well as academics affiliated with the university expressed, in an open-letter, their concern with respect to certain articles and opinions Ilaiah had contributed to a local newspaper and advised him against writing material that could inflame sectarian discontent or prejudice.

In Februaryat the Jaipur Literary FestivalIlaiah and Javed Akhtar engaged in a heated discussion over the implications of religion in Indian social life. Ilaiah has also been criticised for believing in the Aryan invasion theory.

In AprilIlaiah gave a controversial remark that vegetarianism is anti-nationalism. Venkatesha member of Indian Parliament representing the Telugu Desam Party and a prominent leader of Arya Vysya said at a press conference that Ilaiah was a traitor and should be hanged. Among Ilaiah’s official appointments have been: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Political Science Osmania University M. Retrieved 16 December Blame the Indian education system, not the language”.

Dalit thinker Kancha Ilaiah on name, caste”. Kancha Ilaiah on Ambedkar’s food democracy”.

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Why I Am Not a Hindu

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