Reflections on the Life and Works of Gail Omwaite, Scholar-Activist Who Made India His Home by Friends and Intellectual Fellow Travellers Pipa News

[PiPa News] Reflections on the Life and Works of Gail Omwaite, Scholar-Activist Who Made India His Home by Friends and Intellectual Fellow Travellers Pipa News

Reflections on the Life and Works of Gail Omwaite, Scholar-Activist Who Made India His Home by Friends and Intellectual Fellow Travellers

Scholar-activist Gail Omwait passed away at the age of 80 on August 24, 2021 in Kasegaon, near Pune. A year later, his daughter Prachi and a close friend of friends have compiled a memorial volume that brings to life the vivacious man, the belligerent activist and the formidable scholar. Gayle was.

Remembering Gail Omvedt and his legacy are contributed by his family members, close friends, colleagues from anti-caste and farmer movements, academics, young Dalit activists who saw him as a friend, mentor and inspiration, as well as Evaluation/editorials of newspapers and magazines. A large number of photos from family albums enrich the book.

The book is a celebration of living a full and adventurous life. The adventure isn’t just how an American university graduate from a white middle-class family in Minneapolis travels to India, finds a soul mate in a radical activist from rural Maharashtra, becomes involved in farmer mobilization and an anti-caste agenda, and Set up house in a village in western India.

It is also about a University of California, Berkeley graduate who schooled in radical campus politics of 1960s America, immersed himself in the anti-caste movements of Maharashtra, taught class to caste and vice versa, Recognized the radical potential in a peasant movement. (Shetkari Sangathan), writing the history of lesser remembered peoples, movements, spiritual traditions, and finally, retrieval from the past memories of forgotten ancestors, presents the vision of a futuristic Begumpura, abode free from suffering, an egalitarian landscape Doing.

If scholars (fellow travellers) Uma Chakraborty, V Geetha, Kalpana Kannabiran, Vibhuti Patel, and Surinder S Jodhaka among others talk about Gail’s intellectual journey and the insights he generated in his academic writings, then Dalit activists’ A subsequent generation is inspired by his vision. Of Begumpura.

Thenmozhi Sundararajan, executive director of Equality Labs, a Dalit civil rights organisation, writes: “Her wit and practical but theoretical practices have an inter-generational impact. We will create a world of resistance as she transforms from great to ancestor, her words open to Dalits like me. In his memory, we will continue to shape strong, growing movements for racial equality here in the US and in the global South Asian diaspora – anywhere caste-oppressed people need freedom from harm and hope for a vibrant future. ,

Jodhka scholars write of Gail, who “continued to live outside the institutional context of university teaching departments and research organisations, glossing over complex social phenomena”.

Chakraborty’s essay is an examination of his own development as a scholar and the important role Gail played in that journey. It plots Gail’s own intellectual journey into the world of scholarship dealing with caste, class, gender, patriarchy, women, land relations and ownership, farming, alternative history of Maharashtra, etc.

As the Gita writes, “His (Gayle’s) study of Phule and his time, the relationship between non-Brahmins, communists, nationalists and the non-Brahmin movement in the politics of the Bombay Union, is of great value, which they tell us about the emergence of a A third type of politics typical in late colonial India. As much as nationalism and communism, the anti-caste claim was a reaction of the times, and its adherents followed many political traditions, giving them a common justice plane. sought to align.”

Fellow Bharat Patankar’s long memoir is a note of love about a soulmate who was family, intellectual companion and fellow organizer. It is a personal story as well as intellectual history from the 60s, 70s and 80s, when new mobilizations, doctrinal inquiries and social movements were challenging established ideas of working class politics. The article travels through the United States and India, separate time zones, with no lines separating the private and public worlds, personal and political inquiry.

Patankar writes: “Gail brings forth that there is no fundamental contradiction between Ambedkarism and Marxism. She does it in a very gentle and loving way which she herself had learned from Buddha and Raidas, Tukoba, Soyarabai, Chokhamela and Namdev-Jananabai. It’s the bond that kept us together for the rest of our lives and made our companionship romantic and creative.”

This book is about ideas, friendship, politics, music, food, hope. It is filled with affection for a romantic humanist (as Prachi describes her mother) who loved people without hesitation and imagined a world without boundaries and inequalities.

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Source: PiPa News