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Caste, Nationalism and Communism in South India: Malabar 1900-1948

Caste, Nationalism and Communism in South India: Malabar 1900-1948

by Dilip M. Menon


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In 1957, Kerala became the first region in Asia to elect a communist government parliamentary procedure. Dilip Menon's book traces the social history of comunism in Malabar, the bastion of the movement, and looks at how the ideology was transformed into a doctrine of caste equality, as national strategies were reshaped by local circumstance and tinged by pragmatism. While existing literature concentrates on the intricacies of party policy, Dilip Menon explores the diversity of political practice within a particular region. He particularly analyses the relationship between landowners and cultivators, demonstrating their economic and cultural interdependence. Inequality and difference were tempered by a perception of shared symbols and values. As the author points out, the success of communism in Kerala lies in its recognition of this fact.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521051958
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/03/2007
Series: Cambridge South Asian Studies , #55
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 977,203
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Glossary; Map of Malabar District administrative divisions; Introduction; 1. The agrarian economy and households, 1900–1930; 2. Shrines and the community of worship, 1900–1910; 3. Shrines, temples and politics, 1900–1930; 4. Civil disobedience and temple entry, 1930–1933; 5. The transformation of rural politics, 1934–1940; 6. Community and conflict, 1940–1948; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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