Rewriting the Language of Politics: Kisans in Colonial Bihar

By: Arun Kumar

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When kisans perceived shifts in focus of existing power relations in everyday life, they tried to articulate the responses, their hopes and frustrations and this resulted in the emergence of many languages. This volume is an attempt to comprehend the political languages of the kisans in colonial Bihar. Of late the need to retrieve subaltern Voices to tell stories of the marginalized has been felt but efforts in that direction remain invisible hitherto. Attempting to address the lacuna, this Book examines archival and Folk sources to explore Political articulations of Bihari peasants during Colonial times. In a move away from the Study of organization, parties and leadership to understand kisan consciousness, the book engages with their articulations in the spheres of culture and Religion that together gave kisan Politics its meaning. Migration, Agrarian `crimes`, rumour, religion and Caste are examined as changing languages of kisan politics. The Transition from pre-Gandhian mass efforts at constructing political collectivities to Gandhian mass Movements is probed through a close reading of popular rumours and interpretations of the Gita by Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Sahajanand Saraswati. Unlike the prevailing opinion about Sahajanand`s total `transformation` from a sannyasi to a radical leader of the peasantry, the study argues that the sannyasi in him never really took leave. The book also looks at the Religious realm of the masses, the shudra kisans, whose religious devotion was rarely devoid of a concern for the mundane, whose shraddha for the almighty was invariably accompanied by their shikayat against it. Printed Pages: 212

Title: Rewriting the Language of Politics: Kisans in Colonial Bihar

Author Name: Arun Kumar

Categories: Political History, India,

Publisher: New, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173043787

ISBN 13: 9788173043789

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200809

Keywords: Rewriting the Language of Politics: Kisans in Colonial BiharArun Kumar