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India's First Democratic Revolution: Dayanand Bandodkar and the Rise of the Bahujan in Goa

Price : $19.75
ISBN # : 9788125059264
Author : Parag D. Parobo
pages: 296
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2015

Goa is considered exceptional in India because of its small size, its high economic and social development relative to the rest of the country and its Portuguese history.

Parobo argues that scholarship on Goa has focused too much on its Portuguese past and ignored the indigenous reasons for its historical trajectory and developmental success.

This focus has ignored the fact that Goa was the first territory to vote in a lower caste government to power in the 1963 assembly elections, headed by lower caste mine owner and philanthropist Dayanand Bandodkar.

Author explores the history behind this surprising electoral success and its consequences.

He focuses instead on the comparatively little explored story of:

1. caste-based land and power relations in pre-colonial and early colonial Goa

2. emerging caste movements and identity politics among both upper castes and lower castes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

3. the interactions of caste politics with colonialism



Traces the history of land relations and caste movements into the post-Liberation period of Bandodkar s far-reaching land reforms. These liberated lower caste tenants from dependence on landlords and opened up new employment opportunities for the Bahujan.

Accompanied by substantial investments in education and health, they ushered in greater equity and democratisation. Goa, therefore, scripted a distinctive story of Bahujan success.



Author Bio: Parag D. Parobo is Assistant Professor, Department of History, Goa University.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 31 August, 2015.
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