‘Dominant Caste and Territory in South India’, a Path-breaking Research by Dalel Benbabaali   6 comments


A wonderful research done by Dalel Benbabaali on the theme of caste dominance in the united state of Andhra Pradesh and in Telangana. How the people from the dominant castes of ‘Kamma’ and ‘Reddy’ used their socio-political, economic and cultural hegemony in their social upward mobility in a forceful way, is vividly elucidated by the researcher. A must watch video for all those who want to understand the caste equations in the south Indian state and how caste is used to perpetuate hegemony and imperialism, and the resultant over exploitation.

The researcher also talks about the Telangana issue and how the fledgling state of Telangana was merged with the dominant Andhra state purely on the basis of linguistic homogeneity without paying attention to the high prevalence of social, cultural and economic heterogeneity, and spatial inequality.

Benbabaali makes a graphical presentation on how the dominant (mainly Kamma) castes have controlled the social, political, cultural and economic landscape of the state of Andhra Pradesh by wresting the political power, controlling the media and film & entertainment industry, and business by their lopsided neo-liberal economic policies. She also talks about the genesis of Naxalite movement and the repressive measures adapted by the Kamma dominated governments under late NT Rama Rao and N Chandra Babu Naidu’s regimes.

Hats off to Dalel Benbabaali for the down-to-earth research carried by her and for bringing out groundbreaking realities of a territory long suppressed by caste dominance, socio-cultural hegemony and spatial and economic inequality, onto the international stage.

Here is the link to the highly informative, educative and illuminative presentation by the researcher- Dominant Caste and Territory in South India.

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6 responses to “‘Dominant Caste and Territory in South India’, a Path-breaking Research by Dalel Benbabaali

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  1. Dude,

    Do you know anything about Andhra Politics? She made some BS claims and you are calling her research great… have you seen her data? Have you read her entire thesis?

  2. Dear Satish,

    My awareness of Andhra politics, I’m very much sure (as is evident from your comment), must be drastically different in perception from yours. There is no need to read the entire thesis of the researcher. Her almost one hour video presentation will suffice for understanding the nuances of Andhra politics being dominated by a few sections with strong vested interests. The term “Andhra politics” itself is notoriously self suggestive of fraud, deceit and dishonesty. Any doubts? Let’s not stir up a hornet’s nest by resorting to undue verbal duel. I’m always ready for a meaningful and insightful debate and ever ready to learn with utmost humility, any new things if they are genuine and unbiased. First let me know which platform you’re on my dear, before I comment further.

  3. The research is very biased and flawed. All castes are similar in trying to exploit given a chance. Reddys were allowed to do most damage to the state than anybody else including the current Christian reddy Jagan, live and let live attitude of reddys corruption let that to the mainstream in the state. Even Dalits exploit each other. Malas look down on madigas!! So the entire caste system should be removed from papers end minds.

  4. You’re right Vineel in some respect regarding caste dominance in our society which is ubiquitous but there are gradations at different levels. The research by Dalel Benbaali is not biased and flawed! There are small and big fish in the sea and what she did was she just caught the big fish! You have to perfectly study the society in order to have a clear picture of it and to come to a proper conclusion!

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