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The Other Half of the Coconut

K. Srilata (Author)
Synopsis The self-respect movement launched by Periyar (E.V. Ramasami Naiker) in 1926 questioned the ways in which the lower castes were systematically excluded from the Indian nation and constructed as the ‘Other’ by the Brahmin elites. While Periyar’s role within the movement has received critical and scholarly attention, women self-respecters and the issues they raised have gone largely unnoticed. This collection of essays and fiction by women self-respecters translated from the Tamil could serve as the material basis for writing an alternative history of the movement. In mapping the voices of women who identified with the movement, this anthology helps us arrive at a different and richer understanding of what the self-respect movement stood for. There is an urgent need not only to improve upon existing self-respect histories but also to critique the ways in which they have so far been written. This anthology provides a basis for such a critique.
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Title The Other Half of the Coconut
Author K. Srilata
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kali for Women
Language: English
isbn 818670650X
length xx+200p., Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; 23cm