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 ...
Chapter 6: Social Doctors
The Mangalis (barbers) and the Chakalis (washerfolk) live as neighbours in the Telugu country; perhaps they live like that in all states. The Mangalis, though numerically small, constitute an essential social force in the Telugu civil society. They are not an untouchable community like the Madigas or Malas. They shave heads and other parts of the human body as part of their work. They touch all men except those who live in Brahmanical seclusion. Brahmanism labelled the Mangalis as a polluted community, just as they did in the case of the Chakalis, Malas and the Madigas. Brahmanism knows how to brand people; seclude them layer by layer.
In reality, the Mangalis were social doctors, who possessed knowledge of the human anatomy and ...