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Caste and Nature: Dalits and Indian Environmental Politics

Rarely do Indian environmental discourses examine nature through the lens of caste.

 
By Mukul Sharma
Last Updated: Tuesday 27 February 2018

This new book shows how caste and nature are intimately connected. It compares Dalit meanings of environment to ideas and practices of neo-Brahmanism and certain mainstreams of environmental thought. Showing how Dalit experiences of environment are ridden with metaphors of pollution, impurity, and dirt, the book is able to bring forth new dimensions on both environment and Dalits, without valourizing the latter's standpoint. 

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