Why I Am Not a Hindu has ratings and 28 reviews. Priya said: Casteism is an evil that has been prevalent in our country for ages though this has most. Why I Am Not a Hindu [Kancha Illaiah] on Kancha Ilaiah ia not a Hindu because it suits his pocket book to be a mouthpiece for the evangelists. Why I am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Kancha Ilaiah’s book Why I am not a Hindu is a manifestation of this.

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On the contrary, the so-called mental labour of the Brahmins and the Banlyas reciting mantras and extracting profit by sitting at the shop desk has been given enormous socioeconomic value. Since this is about Telugu castes and culture, it hits closer to home.

He has also to invent ways of climbing tall trees which do not have branches. Whether it is countries like Japan and China or in the West itself, labour has acquired more market value and social status than leisure.

You have to kill the enemy. I am completely fine with him constructing a monolothic evil Brahmanical culture that he ruthlessly critiques. This country would have changed.

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I am also sure that the same goes for many Hinndu members of the Congress and other secular parties. I never knew that she did not have a husband unlike the most Hindu godesses who are always associated with their husbands.

It speaks of deep apathy and disregard of the aspirations of Dalits. Read more Read less.

Man has always tried to subjugate fellow-man; however, only in Hibdu has it been legitimised with the stamp of religion and a complicated system of beliefs so that the downtrodden also came to believe in his unworthiness. Thanks for reading and the thoughtful comment.


Awareness of my own cultural insensitivity and its role in class hegemony would be my biggest takeaway from this book. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Apr 23, Kolagani Paramahamsa rated it really liked it. Although I disagree with the major thesis of this kkancha, I actually think its a great read, and that every Hindu should read it. The author gets a lot of things wrong about upper caste beliefs and practices, but it is a good insight into Sudra culture.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Only Dalitization kabcha the whole society can achieve this goal… This of course will require that they [the upper castes] unlearn the many things.

While this may be slightly untrue, it can still be politically and intellectually useful. And Mot was not destroyed, but assimilated by crafty Hindus, who made Buddha an incarnation of Vishnu!

Their minds are poisoned with the notion that productive work is mean and that productive castes are inferior.

Why I Am Not a Hindu

So my question is the human rights discourse must start with an kanfha position. Open Preview See a Problem? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. That was the basic reason why no Hindu institution could evolve a spiritual democratic culture within the religion.

Why I Am Not a Hindu by Kancha Ilaiah

There is neither any constructive criticism nor any possible solution. Kancha Ilaiah’s book is a must read for anyone who has not understood the crippling role that caste and brahminism play in india, and how brahminism has increasingly co-opted more and more upper caste shudras who are helping to keep the rest of ilaiqh dalit bahujans deprived of their true position in society. Thus, Kamsalies goldsmiths have their own scientific knowledge, Kammaris blacksmiths theirs, and Shalaas weavers theirs.


The Janata Dal government was a mix of political parties, headed kancga V. We need more angry Dalit voices. However, I have a slight caveat when he says that the communist revolution has been hijacked by Brahmins. I do not go into his criticism about the Bhagavad Gita or the Nof, which are widely discussed and carry considerable weight according to me, at least: But, some arguments seem forced, especially the ones about the different Gods and Goddesses.

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But all these arts and sciences, all these knowledge systems have been delegitimized. Retrieved 16 December In the course of reading this book, one of the things that struck me was how being born in a so called forward caste, has given me zero exposure to the godesses and gods of the majority of our population!

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The author seems to believe that by simply looking at dalitbahujan culture, Indian society can move forward on issues of gender. You don’t have to be a Hindu or have an interest in Hinduism. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Phule, Ambedkar and Ramaswamy Naicker are the prominent examples. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Rig Kanchq formulated the caste structure in Purusha Suktha and the Gita upheld it. My request to brahmin, baniya and neo-kshatiya intellectuals is this: As he observes, the Gods of the Sudras and Ak are acknowledged by the rest of Hindu society, tho Although I disagree with the major thesis of this book, I actually think its a great read, and that every Hindu should read it.