Why I Am Not a Hindu

Why I Am Not a Hindu In this manifesto for the downtrodden the author examines the socio economic and cultural differences between the Dalitbahujans the majority the so called low castes and other Hindus in the contexts

  • Title: Why I Am Not a Hindu
  • Author: Kancha Ilaiah
  • ISBN: 9788185604824
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this manifesto for the downtrodden, the author examines the socio economic and cultural differences between the Dalitbahujans the majority, the so called low castes and other Hindus in the contexts of childhood, family life, market relations, power relations, Gods and Goddesses, death and, not least, Hindutva ideology of the Hindu Right.

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    1. Casteism is an evil that has been prevalent in our country for ages though this has mostly likely come down in recent times due to increasing awareness and reforms. This book however talks nothing about casteism per se and in no way speaks anything about the oppression faced by the 'lower castes'. Instead the author is solely focused on spreading extreme hatred and malice towards anyone or anything that is "Hindu" by criticizing anything and everything that is remotely related to the religion. I [...]

    2. Hindu ideologies has never been humane or egalitarian the book is a thought provoking critique of this ideology and worldview.

    3. Okay. పుస్తకం తెలుగులో చదివా కాబట్టి review కూడా తెలుగులోనే ఉండబోతోంది. జగర్తగా చదువుకోండి.కంచ ఐలయ్య ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయంలో ప్రొఫెసర్, మరియు దళితబహుజన మేధావి. ఆయన 1996 లో రాసిన "Why I am not a Hindu" అనే పు [...]

    4. The following is indisputable: 1) Caste oppression is ubiquitous in South Asia and concentrated against SCs and STs; 2) The form of this oppression is both material and cultural, with the latter forms being found in virtually all intellectual and literary creations; 3) South Asia has remarkably local and heterogenous religious beliefs -- a heterogeneity that is found primarily in SCs and STs; 4) The persistant ability of upper caste Hindus to dominate economic in political power in India has bee [...]

    5. It is always interesting to read history and society from an individual's point of view, more so when it shows things from an entirely new perspective. History is usually written by and for the people in power; this treatise is written from a point of view of people who are a majority, but not in power.The parts in which author describes his childhood experiences are true to the word and was a great read as I personally saw these instances in childhood. Although one might criticize the author's [...]

    6. Gets into the sad reality of our ancient culture, and how horrendous it is to know that the Aryan hegemony of caste still rules over the vanquished Dravidians even after 5000 years. Let there a hundred Ambedkars to rescue and put an end to the longest oppression in the human history. What to say author, I wish I could give you a hug, at least.

    7. A must read for every hindu. it's an amazing critique of hinduism and hindu society. There are minor flaws in the book to which author has admitted in the afterword. it's high time we acknowledge the flaws in our society, it would be the first step to improving things.

    8. A radical take on caste, class, culture and religion from the viewpoint of oppressed classes. An essential read, no doubt. This book is very relevant for its take on contemporary political and class conflict. Also gives a brief historical critique of the role Brahmanical Hindu religion and its philosophy has played in class oppression. Particularly, this book shows the arrogance and the inherent fallacies of the steamrolling of culture under the grand Hindutva project. It speaks of deep apathy a [...]

    9. Although I disagree with the major thesis of this book, 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. Ilaiah denies that Sudra religion is a part of Hinduism, or that Sudra culture is a part of Hindu society, but that is almost self evidently false. As he observes, the Gods of the Sudras and Dalits are acknowledged by the rest of Hindu society, tho [...]

    10. One of the most definitive works on presenting the dalit bahujan way of life. the author has gone to painful lengths to make the distinction between dalit bahujans and hindus clear, and most if not all, is backed by evidence. 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 the dalit bahujans deprived o [...]

    11. I have given one rating to this book because there is no zero rating option. This book portraits the personal views and opinions of author. The book in its content per se is so malicious and irrational. It shows the great level of ignorance with which the book was written ignoring the facts about the Hindu Dharma/religion. It takes a great deal of intellect and self control/self knowledge to understand the Hindu dharma. Those who are materialistic and over whelmed in passion can never understand [...]

    12. half truth, some points i will agree with author and some i don't. Because of hurdles faced by him from his child hood he wrote this book. without knowing completely about Hinduism how can he criticize ? as same manner if a person born in some lower cast than that of author can write lot of things like the author and can ask same questions to him too, previously situation was like that but now changed i hope people can understand this. even for writing this also some people may criticize me beca [...]

    13. The story runs on the narrative that lower-castes (Dalitbahujans, as author prefers it) have a completely different lifestyle, philosophy, daily practices compared to the other 'Hindus'. The effort author takes to point out these differences across practices - religious, professional, personal or spiritual is commendable! However, if it had been only about these similarities and dissimilarities- the book size would've been one-fourth of the actual. The remaining part is excessive needless bashin [...]

    14. I was never this troubled reading a book,the book shows the side of the society which is still struggling to cut open from the claws of caste system, the book stated facts no doubt, cast system is an integral part of Hindu society, and in its eradication lies the prosperitybut the kind of hatred the author carried through out the book for the Hindu society ( Chaturvarnyam) is really disturbing

    15. Some wonderful ideas. But, some arguments seem forced, especially the ones about the different Gods and Goddesses. Illaiah hasn't provided evidence for his claims from mythology. He's just made statements that are unsubstantiated. Also, there are lots of grammatical errors and typos throughout the book. Maybe the publisher should be more careful.

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