Nandanar's Children: The Paraiyans' Tryst with Destiny, Tamil Nadu 1850 - 1956 - Sage Series in Modern Indian History (Hardback)Raj Sekhar Basu (author)
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While delving into the Paraiyar community's own understanding of history, the book presents the conflicting versions of Adi Dravida politicians and nationalist politics. It establishes that nationalism still serves as the overarching framework under which caste, class and other forms of competing identities operate in the Indian state. It presents a rare amalgamation of government, private and vernacular sources, which adds to its distinctive quality.
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
Number of pages: 492
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 30 mm
The author is to be complimented for taking up a pioneering and path breaking study of the history and politics of the Parayan's community from 1850-1956...[The book] is based on extensive research into historical, political, ethnographic and other source of information available in different part of Tamil Nadu, New Delhi and elsewhere.... [The Author] has written an excellent book which needs careful study by those specialising in the area of the politics and sociology of depressed communities in India.-- Social Change
The book is a contribution to the domain of subaltern history and it states without an open claim that the historians should depend, primarily on archival sources. The use of varied and rich archival materials and chronicles in the book establishes this claim. [It] takes its academic credibility while historicizing a lower caste political movement. [It] is placing before us the warp and woof of the political history of the subaltern people... [It] points to the changing faces of caste-politics in the Indian political scenario.-- eSocial Science
This 400-page book, based on intensive research and fieldwork in Tamil Nadu, has used lot of archived materials and government reports and documents to substantiate its argument... This book will be a useful guide not only to social scientists and researchers but also to laymen who are interested in understanding Dalit movements.-- The Sunday India
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