20 June, 2021

A Reply To The Mahatma

Excerpted from Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition, published by Navayana

A Reply To The Mahatma

Ramesh Shinde/Navayana
Essential reading Cover of the first edition of ‘Annihilation of Caste’, 1936

8.1 Why does the Mahatma cling to the theory of everyone following his or her ancestral calling? He gives his reasons nowhere. But there must be some reason, although he does not care to avow it. Years ago, writing on Caste versus Class in his Young India [1], he argued that the caste system was better than a class system on the ground that caste was the best...

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