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1 D.R. Nagaraj (Author) & Prathvi Datta Chandra Shobhi (Ed. & Intro.)
Listening to the Loom: Essays on Literature, Politics, and Violence
Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2012; 817824330X / 9788178243306; Hardcover; New; New; 
Now, for the first time, a largely unknown and unavailable corpus of Nagarajís ideas and essays, amplifying and supplementing those in The Flaming Feet, are published in Listening to the Loom. This book provides Nagarajís most important writings on literature, politics, and violence. Some of the thirteen pieces here are translated from Kannada into English for the first time, while others long unavailable have been hunted out from scattered sources. The title of this book, Listening to the Loom, derives from a story recounted by the novelist U.R. Ananthamurthy. Walking in Kathmandu with Nagaraj, once, his companion asked him to stop and listen to the sound of a weaverís loom that only he had heard. Ananthamurthy recalls saying to Nagaraj that so long as he, Nagaraj, retained this ability to hear the sound of a loom, he would never become a ĎNon-Resident Indianí intellectual. In the present volume, Nagarajís ear for the sound and sense of things quintessentially Indian is everywhere apparent. Part I comprises essays on Kannadaís cultural experiences, Part II contains essays on politics and violence. All of them were mostly written between 1993 and 1998, the period when Nagaraj emerged as a mature thinker and produced some of his most important insights.Printed Pages: 388. 101963

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2 D.R. Nagaraj
The Flaming Feet and Other Essays: The Dalit Movement in India
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8178242761 / 9788178242767; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Described by Ashis Nandy as the foremost non-Brahmin intellectual to emerge from Indiaís vast non-English speaking world, D.R. Nagaraj (1954Ė1998) was a profound political commentator and cultural critic. Nagarajís importance lies in consolidating and advancing some of the ideas of Indiaís leading Dalit thinker and icon, B.R. Ambedkar. Following Ambedkar, Nagaraj argues that the Dalit movement rejected the traditional Hindu world and thus dismissed untouchable pasts entirely; but, he says, rebels too require cultural memory. Their emotions of bewilderment, rage, and resentment can only be transcended via a politics of affirmation. This book gives us Nagarajís vision of caste in relation to Dalit politics. It theorizes the caste system as a mosaic of contestations centred around dignity, religiosity, and entitlement. Examining moments of untouchable defiance, Nagaraj argues out a politics of cultural affirmation within his redefinition of Dalit identity. More significantly, he argues against self-pity and rage in artistic imagination, and for re-creating the banished worlds of gods and goddesses. Nagarajís importance lies in suggesting a framework for an alliance of all the oppressed communities of India. This involves, first, a reconciliation of Gandhi and Ambedkar; second, a recognition that modernity has caused a technocide vis-ŗ-vis artisans; third, a reimagining of the Dalit rejection of history, for an alternative reading of untouchable pasts shows that these humiliated communities possessed an autonomous cultural domain. Nagaraj was that rare observer of politics who did not offer standard social science fare: in fact, he used the phrase Ďcompetent social scientistí to damn the person he was speaking of. Not only were his themes unusual, his analytical methods and quirky reliance on cultural texts for analysis were equally so. He uses such material and focuses on these themes because his sensibility was shaped by the Dalit movement, as much as by the time he spent scrutinizing literary texts. This is a foundational text for Dalit Studies. Printed Pages: 276. 033889

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3 D.R. Nagaraj
The Flaming Feet and Other Essays: The Dalit Movement in India
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2012; 817824358X / 9788178243580; Softcover; New; 
Described by Ashis Nandy as the foremost non-Brahmin intellectual to emerge from Indiaís vast non-English speaking world, D.R. Nagaraj (1954Ė1998) was a profound political commentator and cultural critic. Nagarajís importance lies in consolidating and advancing some of the ideas of Indiaís leading Dalit thinker and icon, B.R. Ambedkar. Following Ambedkar, Nagaraj argues that the Dalit movement rejected the traditional Hindu world and thus dismissed untouchable pasts entirely; but, he says, rebels too require cultural memory. Their emotions of bewilderment, rage, and resentment can only be transcended via a politics of affirmation. Nagarajís importance lies in consolidating and advancing some of the ideas of Indiaís leading Dalit thinker and icon, B.R. Ambedkar. Following Ambedkar, Nagaraj argues that the Dalit movement rejected the traditional Hindu world and thus dismissed untouchable pasts entirely; but, he says, rebels too require cultural memory. Their emotions of bewilderment, rage, and resentment can only be transcended via a politics of affirmation. Nagarajís importance lies in consolidating and advancing some of the ideas of Indiaís leading Dalit thinker and icon, B.R. Ambedkar. Following Ambedkar, Nagaraj argues that the Dalit movement rejected the traditional Hindu world and thus dismissed untouchable pasts entirely; but, he says, rebels too require cultural memory. Their emotions of bewilderment, rage, and resentment can only be transcended via a politics of affirmation. This book gives us Nagarajís vision of caste in relation to Dalit politics. It theorizes the caste system as a mosaic of contestations centred around dignity, religiosity, and entitlement. Examining moments of untouchable defiance, Nagaraj argues out a politics of cultural affirmation within his redefinition of Dalit identity. More significantly, he argues against self-pity and rage in artistic imagination, and for re-creating the banished worlds of gods and goddesses. Printed Pages: 276. 101789

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