https://www.kirrt.org/book/turning-the-pot Turning the pot, tilling the land | Kancha Ilaiah | Non fiction 2019-01-15 20:30:43 In this book, Kancha Ilaiah throws light on the science, art and skill of adivasis, cattle-rearers, leatherworkers, potters, farmers, weavers, dhobis and barbers. The book documents the contributions to the betterment of human life by castes and communities despised as ‘lowly’ and ‘backward’. Gurdeep Singh Blog post

Turning the pot, tilling the land

Kancha Ilaiah
illustrations: Durgabai Vyam
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Publisher: Navayana

ISBN: 9788189059095

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Who discovered the first detergent soap in India?
Who created scripts as they crafted pots?
Who selected and standardised most of the food items we eat today?
How did cotton come to be spun into cloth?
Who originated the science of making leather out of animal skin?
In this book, Kancha Ilaiah throws light on the science, art and skill of adivasis, cattle-rearers, leatherworkers, potters, farmers, weavers, dhobis and barbers. The book documents the contributions to the betterment of human life by castes and communities despised as ‘lowly’ and ‘backward’.
Recently, students opposed to reservation in educational institutions expressed protest by polishing shoes, sweeping the roads and selling vegetables. Why such resentment against labour? Could these students make shoes or till the land? Could they make a pot? This book—with stunning illustrations by Durgabai Vyam—is the first ever attempt to inculcate a sense of dignity of labour among India’s children. – Navayana

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kancha ilaiah

Kancha Ilaiah (also known as Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd; born 5 October 1952) is an Indian academic, writer and activist for Dalit rights. He is a prolific writer in English and Telugu. His books include Why I am not a HinduPost-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific RevolutionGod As Political Philosopher: Budha’s challenge to BrahminismA Hollow ShellTurning the pot, tilling the land: Dignity of labour in our timesUntouchable God: A Novel on Caste and Race, The State and Repressive CultureManatatwam (in Telugu), and Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism.

Kancha Ilaiah

Indian political theorist, writer and activist for Dalit rights.

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