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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library cordially invites you to a Seminar on ‘Problematic of Indian untouchability: Theories of caste system and the theory of Imitation’ by Dr. K. V. Cybil, Junior Fellow, NMML.
Abstract : This paper mostly written using secondary literature in Marathi, looks at how B.R. Ambedkar proposed a theory of the origin of the caste system and also the practice of untouchability. It forms the backdrop to a critique of writings on modern Indian society which approaches the problematic of untouchability by placing its responsibility squarely on the Dalits, such that it becomes a mission to reform their backwardness. A mission that was conceived in the reformist writings of Hinduism in the 19th and early 20th century Maharashtra, it had a critical role to play in the kind of response which Ambedkar came up with. The paper will in a linear sequence try to examine these theories which revolve around the conception of caste system as an inner dynamic of state and society in Maharashtra.
It is a discourse which has continued to emerge under the influence of Marxism thanks to the efforts of people like Sharad Patil and Anand Teltumbde. But what are the implications for the transformations in the trajectory of its growth. Amidst the gains to the claims of knowledge that it makes are there any pitfalls? These will be the main areas of this paper’s concern.
Speaker : Dr. K. V. Cybil did his education from Kerala and Delhi. He is a Ph.D in Sociology with a post-graduation in Political Science. He has worked as a teacher in the Universities of Kerala and Delhi. He has published articles in various journals including The Economic and Political Weekly and Indian Journal of Political Science. His doctoral work on martyrdom has been recently published. Dr. Cybil is currently working on the politics of Matang Samaj (Maharashtra) and is a Junior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.