Caste, community and colonialism: Jyotiba Phule’s modernity

Sharma, Amrita (2015) Caste, community and colonialism: Jyotiba Phule’s modernity. Indian Journal of Political Science, 77 (1). pp. 19-24. ISSN 0019-5510

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Phule’s Ghulamgiri and Shetkaricha Asud provides a glimpse of the idea of modernity he worked with. Phule’s contribution to the dalit movement and to the Indian national movement were deeply marked by his particular understanding of modernity which traversed the difficult and at times overlapping boundaries of caste, community and anti-colonialism. To arrive at an understanding of modernity in the ambivalent times of hope, opportunity, oppression and struggle was a profoundly political and progressive act and revisiting Phule’s narratives brings us to relook some of the contemporary debates around individual and group rights, community versus nation, and the class-caste overlap in the Indian context. Phule offered a careful yet strong critique of colonialism while meticulously deploying the ideas and tools of modernity which inevitably tied themselves to the history of colonialism in the subcontinent. Phule’s political project aimed at constituting dalits as political subjects, to which end, his contribution remains powerful and most consequential.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Castism | Dalit movement | India
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Gena Veineithem
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 06:19
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 06:19
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