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October 7, 2014
The Jean Yokes Woodhead Lecture: Arundhati Roy Introducing Annihilation of Caste
Center for South Asian Studies: Institute for the Humanities
October 7, 2014
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Center for South Asian Studies: Institute for the Humanities
School of Social Work Building, 1080 S. University Ave. Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1106
The Ambedkar—Gandhi Debate: Race, Caste, and Colonialism
Annihilation of Caste is one of the most important – and still most controversial – works of Indian political writing. Completed in 1936, the book is an audacious denunciation of Hinduism and the caste system that infuriated Gandhi yet has remained a rallying cry for 60 years.

In this lecture Roy looks at how caste has continued through modern Indian history, and why the words of Ambedkar are necessary today more than ever, showing that caste is the most urgent question if India is to become a world-leading nation.

Annihilation of Caste has to be read ... No Hindu who prizes his faith above life itself can afford to underrate the importance of this indictment.”M.K. Gandhi