The Persistence of Caste
The Khairlanji Murders & India's Hidden Apartheid
Rs 200, 192 pages, paperback, demy 1/8
(For sale in South Asia only; for rest of the world, an edition is available from Zed Books, London.)
Anand Teltumbde's analysis of the public, ritualistic massacre of a dalit family in 21st century India exposes the gangrenous heart of our society... This is not a book about the last days of relict feudalism, but a book about what modernity means in India.
I would hope to see it read by every Indian activist and also foreigners who do not see how odious the caste system is.
Teltumbde bears witness to the degradation of Indian democracy.
While the caste system has been formally abolished under the Indian Constitution, according to official statistics, every eighteen minutes a crime is committed on a dalit. The gouging out of eyes, the hacking off of limbs and being burned alive or stoned to death are routine in the atrocities perpetrated against India's 170 million dalits. What drives people to commit such inhuman crimes?
The Persistence of Caste uses the shocking case of Khairlanji, the brutal murder of four members of a dalit family in 2006, to explode the myth that caste no longer matters. Analyzing context and crime, it seeks to locate this event in the political economy of the development process India has followed after Independence. Teltumbde demonstrates how caste has shown amazing resilience – surviving feudalism, capitalist industrialization and a republican Constitution – to still be alive and well today, despite all denial, under neoliberal globalization.
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