This book is entirely different from books that have been written on Indian civil societal relations, spiritual character, political economy, philosophical foundations, scientific roots, cultural essence, and historicity. It takes a journey from tribals upwards and looks at the pyramid of the communities in an inverse order.
In this book each community that was/is historically treated as unclean by Hindu Spiritual Fascism emerges as not only more clean than the Brahmin self, but also more nationalistic than that self. It draws the battle lines between spiritual fascism and spiritual democracy and predicts the possible course of an inevitable civil war between the hegemonized and the hegemonizer in the realms of spiritual life, social life and political life. It holds the hegemonic forces responsible for the ensuing war of weapons. It puts altogether unknown weapons in the hands of Dalitbahujans to seize power in all fields from the forces that made the nation surrender before external forces. Each chapter in this book shows how we did not know the historical strength of castes that was seen to be unworthy of study and how such castes have the potential to re-position the very self of the nation. At the same time the author critiques the intellectual imagination of the dominant communities from an altogether new point of view.
This book is an excise in new methodology, pedagogy, analysis, and synthesization of knowledge. Every chapter in this book reads like a new innovation in Indian social anthropology. It draws a different map for the future of this nation and its intellectual history.
Chapter 3: Productive Soldiers
In our journey, we enter the Mala (Mahars in Maharashtra; there are equivalent castes in all north Indian states) wada immediately after crossing the Madiga wada. They inhabit the same social space as the Madigas—untouchables—as Hinduism has termed them. How did the Malas, who, for centuries, have been treated as untouchables, contribute to our rural socio-political economy, culture and philosophy? A consideration of the narratives and dictums that form the Mala societal discourse, however, has the potential to reconstruct the Malas as a community involved in a whole range of tasks, such as village defence, agrarian production and weaving—activities meant to sustain, stabilize and develop the village system. In other words, they functioned both as soldiers and as agrarian engineers, assisting the ...