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Books

NENE BALAANNI: T.N.SADALAKSHMI BATHUKU KATHA/ GOGU SHYAMALA.- HYDERABAD: HYDERABAD BOOK TRUST, 2011 .

NALLAREGATISALLU: MAADIGA, MAADIGA UPAKULALA ADOLLA KATHALU. FURROWS IN BLACK SOIL: SHORT STORIES OF MAADIGA AND SUB-CASTES’ WOMEN (2006)

This is a collection of stories written about Maadiga and other castes bringing to life a series of life experiences. It was brought out to commemorate the noted Chindu artiste, Chindula Ellamma on her first death anniversary. It brings together two important features of the current moment in Maadiga identity politics: the thinking about sub-castes and women. This book of thirty short stories is edited by Joopaka Subhadra and Gogu Shyamala and published by Sabbanda Maisawa Publications, Hyderabad.

NALLAPODDU ( BLACK DAWN): AN ANTHOLOGY OF DALIT WOMEN’S WRITINGS (2003)

Edited by Gogu Shyamala, this is a path-breaking anthology of more than fifty Dalit women’s writings, spanning the twentieth century, put together for the first time in Telugu. The genres of writing range from Christian hymns in Telugu classical metre, poetry and stories to letters and reports. The release of this book, providing an invaluable glimpse into the life-worlds of Dalit women, generated a great deal of debate and discussion in the English and Telugu media. The book is published by Hyderabad Book Trust, Hyderabad.

Reports

IN THE MIRROR OF SECULARISM- MUSLIM STUDENTS IN CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES (2006)

This study, undertaken by Shefali Jha, assembles a critical, reflective description of secularism, primarily in response to the question: how do we think about the relationship between secularism and minority? The focus of analysis was the central university as one such crucial space for the fashioning of modern, secular citizens, and the research was carried out in three central institutions – the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad Central University, and Maulana Azad National Urdu University. One of the main arguments was that an abstract definition of secularism, as a set of laws designed to keep order and promote harmony between different religious groups, in the process both instituting and ensuring an abstract equality among them, is inadequate to the crisis we are faced with today. The report is divided into three sections. The first is a theoretical introduction laying out the problem the project was analyzing, namely, secularism and its relationship with minority. The second is a note on method, and the third and longest section is a detailed reporting of the interviews with students at the universities.

DANDORA: DAGAPADDA GUNDE CHAPPUDU. DANDORA: RESONANCE OF DECEIVED HEARTS (2006)

This hour-long film, made by Panthukala Srinivas, documents the Maadiga Dandora movement from 1994 through interviews with leaders, activists, commentators and common people from different Dalit castes, interspersed songs and images of cultural practice. This first ever visual documentary on the history of Maadiga identity politics contains unique footage of the progress of the Dandora movement in Andhra Pradesh since 2004.

MAADIGA DANDORA: A STUDY AND CELEBRATION OF SUB-CASTE CULTURAL AND POLITICAL ASSERTION (2006)

Pandukala Srinivas’s documentation of the Maadiga Dandora movement produced, in addition to the documentary film mentioned above, a report that contains a discussion of the movement. The report includes a detailed commentary by one of its principal ideologues, Dr P. Muthaiah. Drawing from the debates raised by various screenings of the film, the report is structured as a proposal to make an English version of the film for national circulation.