This is a sweeping and radical survey of the major Dalit-Bahujan intellectuals and movements over 2500 years of Indian history, from Buddha to Ambedkar. It can serve as a text for an alternative history of India—the first ‘history from below’ in recent times which subaltern theory suggests is needed but subaltern scholars never attempted themselves.
Debrahmanising History accommodates all the politically charged polemic on Hinduism. He highlights the oppressively rigid caste-hierarchy of Hinduism and takes stock of the counter-hegemonic forces operating within.
History from below has to be reconstructed, casting a critical look at canons both old and new, and the champions of the people’s cause, analysed from the vantage point of hindsight. Braj Ranjan Mani sets out to do just this in his important work, Debrahmanising History.Deccan Herald