This volume is a study of seva as a concept that gives the national movement an ethical charge. It maps how the idea of seva provides the foundation for elite politics of hegemony, governmental policy and for the development of a capitalist culture in India. The author also provides new perspectives on upper-caste Harijan politics and tribal welfare.
Foreword by Gopal Guru. Acknowledgements. Introduction 1. Seva and the Sevak in the Freedom Movement 2. Swami Balananda’s Poverty Relief Service and the Malayappan Report 3. Colonial and Nationalist Perceptions of Hill Tribes in the Madras Presidency: A Comparison 4. Changes in Tribal Anthropology between Colonial Rule and the Development State 5. Epilogue: From Ambedkar to Thakkar and Beyond: Towards a Genealogy of our Activisms. Bibliography. Index