Caste Dismissed: Dalit Schooling in Colonial India with Dr Sumeet Mhaskar


In this episode with Sumeet Mhaskar:

We discuss the caste system, India, untouchability and the efforts in 1800s Maharashtra, India to educate the Dalit caste.

Jyothirao Phule and Savitribai Phule

Show Notes:

0:52: What is a Dalit?

2:58: Pre-colonial educational system

4:16: Educational initiatives started by Indians

5:15: First School Open to Dalits in 1848

8:00: Violence against educating Dalits

11:00: Jyothirao Phule’s Vision for educating India

16:00: Anticaste activism of Jyothirao Phule

23:00: Challenging the ritual position of Brahmins

26:00: Did anti-caste activists compromise with colonialism?

29:00: British Prioritizing and Promoting Brahmins

31:00: The Concept of untouchability and what education did for that

34:00: Dr. Ambedkar and his vision for caste-based liberation

36:00: Negotiation vs collaboration with the colonial state

41:00: Sumeet’s Project on Bombay textile mills

Prof. Dr. Sumeet Mhaskar is as an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Student Affairs) at Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O. P. Jindal Global University in NCR of Delhi, India. He is also a Research Partner with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany.

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