Book review : R. Srivatsan. 2015. Seva, saviour and state : caste politics, tribal welfare and capitalist development

Bhattacharjee, Malini (2017) Book review : R. Srivatsan. 2015. Seva, saviour and state : caste politics, tribal welfare and capitalist development. Contributions to Indian Sociology. ISSN 0973-0648

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Abstract

Srivatsan’s new book provides a bold and creative analysis of the concept and practice of seva (service). The book takes on the ambitious task of unravelling the story of how seva was adopted as an underlying ethical principle by the political elite during the national movement in early 20th-century India for a clear instrumental purpose. The resulting analysis is more fascinating than any other recent work on the subject. The book consists of an Introduction, four chapters and an Epilogue. While there is an underlying thread that connects the parts, each of these chapters are stand-alone pieces of scholarship that provide interesting perspectives on upper-caste social reform movements, Harijan politics and its contestation and tribal welfare in early 20th-century India.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seva (Service), Politics,
Subjects: Social sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Public Policy and Governance
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 10:41
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 10:41
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2473
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0069966717713408

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