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The Routledge Handbook of the Other Backward Classes in India

Thought, Movements and Development

Edited by: Simhadri Somanaboina , Akhileshwari Ramagoud

Print publication date:  November  2021
Online publication date:  November  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367610548
eBook ISBN: 9781003152873
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This handbook presents an authoritative account of the development of movements, thoughts and policies of OBCs (Other Backward Classes) in India. Despite the adoption of egalitarian principles in the Indian Constitution, caste inequalities, discrimination and exclusionary practices against people from backward classes and other lower castes continue to haunt them in contemporary India.

A comprehensive work on the politics of identity and plurality of experiences of OBCs in India, this handbook:

? Features in-depth research by eminent scholars on the Other Backward Classes (OBC) social and political thought, OBC movements and OBC development and policy making.

? Discusses the life, ideologies and pioneering contributions by Gautam Buddha, Sant Kabir, Jotirao Phule, Savitribai Phule, Shahu Maharaj, Narayana Guru, B.R. Ambedkar, Ram Manohar Lohia, and E V Ramasamy Periyar and leading social reform movements.

? Examines OBC issues with case studies from various Indian states to look at issues of pre- and post- Mandal India; backward caste movements; and reclamation of the Bahujan legacy.

? Critiques public policies and programs for the development of OBCs in India.

? Reviews the status of Muslim OBCs in India and of the invisibilized nomadic communities. 

? Reviews the impact of globalization on the economically backward lower castes and the impact of development initiatives for the excluded people.

The first of its kind, this handbook will be essential reading for scholars and researchers of exclusion and discrimination studies, diversity and inclusion studies, Global South studies, affirmative action, sociology, Indian political history, Dalit studies, political sociology, public policy, development studies and political studies.


Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The backward god Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Contesting caste Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Thought and ideology of Jotirao Phule Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Reclaiming Savitribai Phule Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Shahu Maharaj and OBC empowerment in Maharashtra Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Dr Ambedkar and Annihilation of Caste  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Narayana Guru and formation of political society in Kerala Download PDF
Chapter  8:  E. V. Ramasami Periyar on caste-society and category-wise rights Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Dr Lohia's socialist thought and empowering people Download PDF
Chapter  10:  OBCs and social justice Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Mandal, Mandal Commission and making of an OBC identity Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The other backward classes Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Backward caste movement Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Backward class movement in Karnataka Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Politics and public policy of the dominant castes towards backward classes in Andhra Pradesh from 1956–2014 Download PDF
Chapter  16:  OBC movement in Maharashtra Download PDF
Chapter  17:  OBC leadership and electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Understanding backward caste movement in contemporary Bihar Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The other backward classes in Bengal Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Contextualizing the backward classes discourse Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Modernization, social exclusion and empowerment of OBCs in India Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Other Backward Classes and state policies in Uttar Pradesh Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The status of Muslim OBCs in India Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Status of backward-caste artisans in India Download PDF
Chapter  25:  OBC women in Nizamabad, Telangana  Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The nomadic and semi-nomadic communities of Telangana Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Media in India Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The OBC vote in North India Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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