by Anand Teltumbde - £26.99 Zed Books Ltd (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781848134492 | ISBN 10: 1848134495
While the caste system has been formally abolished under the Indian constitution, according to official statistics, every eighteen minutes a crime is committed in India on a member of the dalit caste.
Understanding Caste uses the shocking case of Khairlanji, the brutal murder of an entire Dalit family in 2006, to explode the myth that caste is a feudal relic, and argues that it has been well assimilated not only by capitalist India, but also Globalising India - spreading out through the diaspora. The author argues that anti-caste activism itself has reflected and reinforced the worst stereotypes, identifying foes and friends in obsolete terms, and that in post-independence India, the authority of Caste has found a new ally, the state and its police.
This shocking and insightful new analysis will not only provide a fascinating introduction into the issue of caste in a globalised world, but will sharpen any readers' understanding of caste dynamics as they really exist.
(Price & availability last checked: January 2019)