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
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.
You can find him on twitter