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Eleanor Zelliot has written over eighty articles and edited three books on the movement among Untouchables in India led by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on saint-poets of the medieval period, and on the current Ambedkar-inspired Buddhist movement.

Books

Recent public appearances

  • "Roundtable: Claiming Power from Below. Papers in Honor of Eleanor Zelliot" was a panel at the South Asia Conference of the University of Wisconsin on October 16-19, 2008. A companion volume, "Speak Truth to Power," was also published by Oxford University Press (India). Carleton graduates Abigail McGowan and Janet Davis were among the participants.
  • Annual Ambedkar Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University (U.K.), October 14, 2005 entitled "Dr. Ambedkar's worldview and caste inequality."

Bibliography, 1969-2011

  • "Buddhism and Politics in Maharashtra," in Donald E. Smith. ed., South Asian Politics and Religion. Princeton University, 1966. Paperback edition, 1969.
  • "Background of the Mahar Buddhist Conversion," in Robert Sakai, ed., Studies on Asia, 1966. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1966.
  • "The Revival of Buddhism in India," in Asia, 10. Winter 1968.
  • "Gujarat" in Encyclopedia Americana, International Edition., 1975.
  • "Learning the Use of Political Means--The Mahars of Maharashtra," in Rajni Kothari, ed., Caste in Indian Politics.  New Delhi: Allied, 1970.  Reprinted 1973, 1985, 1991 (Orient Longman).
  • "The Nineteenth Century Background of Mahar and Non-Brahman Movements in Maharashtra," in The Indian Economic and Social History Review VII: 3 (1970), 397-415.
  • "Literary Images of the Indian City," in Richard G. Fox, ed., Urban India--Society, Space and Image.  Durham: Duke, 1971.
  • "Gandhi and Ambedkar--A Study in Leadership," and "Bibliography on Untouchability," in J. Michael Mahar, ed., The Untouchables in Contemporary India.  Tucson, University of Arizona, 1972: 69-95.  Reprinted as a pamphlet by Triratna Grantha Mala, Pune, 1983.  Also reprinted in From Untouchable to Dalit: Essays on the Ambedkar Movement, q.v. Reprinted and slightly edited in Caste in History:  Themes in Indian History,  edited by Ishita Banerjee-Dube.  New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • "Dr. Ambedkar and the Mahars," in Illustrated Weekly, XCII:14, April 2, 1972.
  • "The Medieval Bhakti Movement in History--An Essay on the Literature in English," in Bardwell L. Smith, ed., Hinduism--New Essays in the History of Religions.  Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1976 (Numen Series), pp 143-168. Reprinted in 1982.
  • "Dalit Sahitya--The Historical Background" together with a translation (with Vidyut Bhagwat) of Maran Swast Hot Ahe (Death is Getting Cheaper) by Baburao Bagul from the Marathi, in Vagartha 12, 1976.
  • "The Psychological Dimension of the Buddhist Movement in India" in G.A. Oddie, ed., Religion in South Asia: Religious Conversion and Revival Movements in Medieval and Modern Times. New Delhi:, 1977.
  • "The Leadership of Babasaheb Ambedkar," in B.N. Pandey, ed., Leadership in South Asia.  (University of London symposium) New Delhi: Vikas, 1977.  Translated into Marathi as "Dr. Ambedkarance Netrutva" by Vasant Moon. Pune:  Sugawa Prakashan, 1986.
  • "The American Experience of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar," in R.D. Suman, ed., Dr. Ambedkar: Pioneer of Human Rights.  New Delhi: Bodhisattva Publications, Ambedkar Institute of Buddhist Studies, 1977.
  • "Dalit--New Cultural Context of an Old Marathi Word," in Clarence Maloney ed., Language and Civilization Change in South Asia (Volume XI of Contributions to Asian Studies): pp. 77-97.  Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1978.  Reprinted in Contemporary India (Professor Sirsikar Felicitation Volume.)  Pune: Continental, 1982.
  • "Introduction to Dalit Poems," with Gail Omvedt.  (Brief note, translations, and graphics.)  Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars X: 3 (1978) cover, pp. 2-10.
  • Maps and texts for the following plates in A Historical Atlas of South Asia, edited by Joseph E. Schwartzberg. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978: Revolt of 1857, Political Events of the Nationalist Period, the Indian National Congress, the Muslim League and other Political Parties, Fiction depicting South Asian Life, the Daily Press, Religious Revival and Reform, the Growth of Lahore and Calcutta.
  • "Religion and Legitimization in the Mahar Movement," in Bardwell L. Smith, ed., Religion and Legitimization in South Asia. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1978.
  • "The Indian Rediscovery of Buddhism, 1855-1956," in Studies in Pali and Buddhism, edited by A.K. Narain. (Jagdish Kashap Memorial Volume.)  New Delhi: D.K. Publishers' Distributors, 1978, 2006.
  • "Journals of Indian History for the scholar, the student and the limited library."  South Asia Library Notes and Queries (December 1978).
  • "Dalit Poetry"--a page of translations, with others, from the Marathi. Illustrated Weekly C:33 (1979), p. 15.
  • "Tradition and Innovation in the Contemporary Buddhist Movement in India," with Joanna Macy, in Studies in the History of Buddhism, edited by  A.K. Narain.  Delhi:  B.R. Publication Corporation, 1980.
  • "British Nostalgia: The Long Look Back at Empire." (annotated bibliography) South Asia Library Notes and Queries, March, 1980.
  • "Chokhamela and Eknath: Two Bhakti Modes of Legitimacy for Modern Change," Journal of Asian and African Studies, XV: 1 & 2 (January-April 1980).  Reprinted in Tradition and Modernity in Bhakti Movements, ed., Jayant Lele.  Leiden:  E.J. Brill, 1981, pp 136-156.  Reprinted in Subordinate and Marginal Groups in Early India, edited by Aloka Parasher-Sen. New Dwlhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • "An Historical View of the Maharashtrian Intellectual and Social Change," South Asian Intellectuals and Social Change: A Study of the Role of Vernacular-Speaking Intellectuals, ed. by Yogendra K. Malik.  Columbia, Mo.: South Asia Books, and New Delhi: Heritage Publishers, 1982.  pp. 18-88.
  • A Marathi Sampler: Varied Voices in Contemporary Marathi Short Stories and Poetry, Journal of South Asian Literature, XVII:1 (Winter, Spring 1982) pp. 1-169, ed.  by Eleanor Zelliot and Philip Engblom.
  • "A Medieval Encounter between Hindu and Muslim: Eknath's Drama-poem Hindu-turk samvad. in Fred Clothey, ed., Images of Man: Religion and Historical Process in South Asia, Madras: New Era, 1982, pp 171-195.  Reprinted in India's Islamic Traditions, 711-1750, edited by Richard M. Eaton.  New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003: pp. 64-82.
  • "Gupta History and Literature: A Bibliographic Essay," with the assistance of Ann Whitfield, in Bardwell Smith, ed., Essays on Gupta Culture, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, dist. in the U.S. by South Asia Books, 1983.
  • "The World of Gundam Raul," an essay on the 13th century Maharashtrian world for Anne Feldhaus, The Deeds of God in Rddhipur. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.
  • "Buddhist Sects in Contemporary India: Identity and Organization," Pp. 94-110 in Identity and Division in Cults and Sects in South Asia. Proceedings of the South Asia Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, I: 1980-1981 (Edited by Peter Gaeffke and David A. Utz). Philadelphia: South Asia Regional Studies, 1984.
  • with Jayant Karve: translation of Ghashiram Kotwal (Marathi) by Vijay Tendulkar.  Calcutta: Seagull Books, 1984. (New York production by Pan Asian Repertory Theater, 1985.)  2nd edition 1999, reprinted 2002.
  • Consultant on Maharashtrian figure on the Peoples of South Asia map National Geographic Magazine, December 1984.
  • "The Buddhist Literature of Modern Maharashtra,"  in "Minorities: on Themselves, Hugh van Skyhawk, Editor. (South Asia Digest of Regional Writing, vol. 11, 1985). South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, 1986.
  • "The Political Thought of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar," in Contemporary Indian Political Thought, edited by Thomas Pantham and Kenneth L. Deutsch.  Delhi:  Sage Publications, 1986.
  • "Dr. B.R. Ambedkar," and with Anne Feldhaus, "Marathi Religions," entries in Encyclopedia of Religion. Mircea Eliade, Editor.  New York:  Macmillan, 1986. Newly edited version, in press.
  • "Eknath's Barude: the Sant as link between Cultures," in The Sants: Studies in a Devotional Tradition of India, ed. by Karine Schomer and W.H. McLeod.  Berkeley: Religious Studies Series; Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1987, pp 91-109.
  • "Four Radical Saints of Maharashtra" in Religion and Society in Maharashtra, edited by Milton Israel and N.K. Wagle. South Asian Papers No. 1. Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto, 1987.
  • Introduction to Palkhi by D.B. Mokashi, tr. Philip Engblom.  Albany: New York State University Press, 1987, pp 31-55. Reprinted by Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 1990.
  • "Untouchability" Encyclopedia of Asian History. Chief Editor: Ainslee Embree. N.Y. Charles Scribners Sons, 1988. Shorter entries: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, Republican Party.
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: selections from his writings and comment for the revised edition of Sources of Indian Civilization, edited by Stephen Hay, New York:  Columbia University Press, 1988.  Note: the editor’s use of Bhim Rao Ambedkar is a Punjabi usage, not used in Maharashtra.  2nd edition, in press.
  • "Congress and the Untouchables." In Congress and Indian Nationalism edited by Stanley Wolpert and Richard Sisson. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Reprinted in Nationalist Movement in India: A Reader, edited by Sekhar Bandhyopadhyay. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • "Dalit:  New Perspectives on India's Untouchables," in Philip Oldenburg, ed., India Briefing:  1991.  Boulder:  Westview Press, 1991.
  • Book: From Untouchable to Dalit:  Essays on the Ambedkar Movement.  New Delhi:  Manohar, 1992.  2nd edition with new introduction, 1996.  Reprinted 1998. 3rd edition 2001. Reprinted 2005.
  • “Buddhist Women of the Contemporary Maharashtrian Conversion Movement," in José Cabezón, ed. for Buddhism, Sexuality and Gender.  Albany:  SUNY Press, 1992.
  • Book: An Anthology of Dalit Literature (Poetry), edited by Mulk Raj Anand and Eleanor Zelliot.  New Delhi:  Gyan, 1992.  (A wretchedly printed thing that I am hiding from almost everyone.)
  • “Mahar” and “Chitpavan Brahman” in Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol. III (South Asia). Volume editor Paul Hockings. Boston:  G.K. Hall, 1992.
  • "Dr. Ambedkar through Western Eyes" in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: The Emancipator of the Oppressed, edited by K.N. Kadam. Bombay:  Popular Prakashan, 1993.
  • “New Voices of the Buddhists of India” in Dr. Ambedkar, Buddhism and Social Change, edited by A.K. Narain and D.C. Ahir. Delhi:  B.R. Publishing Corporation, 1994: pp 195-207.
  • Translator.  “Daya Pawar’s ‘The Buddha’” in Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry. New Delhi, 1994.
  • “Should We Study Caste in Order to Abolish it?”  in Dalit Movement Today, edited by Sandeep Pendse. Bombay: Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, 1994.
  • "The Folklore of Pride:  Three Components of Contemporary Dalit Belief," in Folk Culture, Folk Religion and Oral Traditions as a Component in Maharashtrian Culture.  Edited by Gunther D. Sontheimer. University of Heidelberg, 1996.
  • "Cokhamela: Piety and Protest," in Bhakti Religion in North India:  Community, Identity and Political Action, ed. David Lorenzen.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995, pp 212-220.
  • “The Householder Saints of Maharashtra” in Studies in Early Modern Indo-Aryan Languages, Literature and Culture. Edited by  Alan W. Entwistle, Carol Salomon et al.  New Delhi: Manohar, 1999, pp 417-426.
  • “The Dalit Movement,” in the Dalit International Newsletter, edited by John Webster.  I:1 (February 1996).
  • "Stri Dalit Sahitya:  The New Voice of Women Poets," in Images of Women in Maharashtrian Literature and Religion, ed. Anne Feldhaus.  Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1996 pp 65-93. Illus.
  • “The Poetry of Dalit Women” in Culture, Religion and Society:  Essays in Honour of Richard W. Taylor,  Saral K. Chatterji and Hunter P. Mabry, editors, published for the Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, Bangalore by ISPCK, Delhi, 1996.
  • “A Bibliographic Essay on Women in Maharashtra,” in Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society, edited by Anne Feldhaus.  Albany: State University of New York, 1998.
  • “Dalit Literature - Twenty-five years of Protest? of Progress?” with Veena Deo. Journal of South Asian Literature, xxix:2:41-67 (1994).
  • “The Religious Imagination of Maharashtrian Women Bhaktas,” in Western India: History, Society and Culture, edited by Shrikant Paranjpe, Raja Dixit and C.R. Das.  (Dr. Arvind Deshpande Felicitation Volume). Kolhapur: Itihas Shikshak Mahamandal, 1997 pp 91-108.
  • “Ovi” and “Tamasha” entries in South Asian Folklore:  An Encyclopedia, Margaret A. Mills, Peter J. Claus, Sarah Diamond, editors.   New York, London: Routledge, 2003.
  • “Fifty Years of Dalit Politics,” in India: Fifty Years of Independence: Assessment and Prospects, Yogendra Malik and Ashok Kapur, editors.  New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation, 1998.
  • “Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, in The Biographical Dictionary of Greater India, edited by Henry Scholberg. New Delhi: Promilla and Co., 1998.
  • “Religious Leadership among Maharashtrian Buddhist Women” in Women’s Buddhism; Buddhism’s Women. edited by Ellison Banks Findly.  Sumerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2000.
  •  “Ordination” with Ingrid Klass  and “Buddhism: Modern Movements”, in the Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, Serenity Young, editor. New York: Macmillan Reference, 1998.
  • “Roots of Dalit Consciousness,” in Seminar 471, edited by Harsh Sethi and Tejbir Singh. November 1998:28-32.
  •  “Women in the Homes of the Saints”,  in Home, Family and Kinship in Maharashtra, edited by Irina Glushkova and Rajendra Vora.  New Delhi: Oxford, 1999, pp 89-100.
  •  “Dr. Ambedkar Speaks to Government”, pp 261 – 265, and “The American Experience of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar,” pp 293-299, in Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar: A Biography of His Vision and Ideas, Verinder Grover, editor. New  Delhi: Deep and Deep, 1998.
  • “The Dalit Movement,” in the Dalit International Newsletter 1:1 & 2 (1996).
  • “New Books on Dalits” in the Dalit International Newsletter 4:2 (June 1999); 6:2 (June 2001); 8:2 (June 2003); 10:2 (June 2005).
  • “The Untouchable Women Saint-Poets of Maharashtra,” In The Banyan Tree: Essays on Early Literature in New Indo-Aryan Languages,  edited by Mariola Offredi. New Delhi: Manohar, 2000, pp 273-282.
  • “Sant Sahitya and Dalit Movements,” in Intersections: Socio-cultural Trends in Maharashtra, edited by Meera Kosambi.  Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2000, pp 187-193.
  • ”Women Saints in Medieval Maharashtra,” in Faces of the Feminine in  Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India, edited by Mandakranta Bose.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp 192-200.
  • “Dr. Ambedkar and the Empowerment of Women,” for the conference on “Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Retrospect.” Jawaharlal Nehru University, organized by S.K. Thorat, August 2002.  Published in Gender and Caste,edited by Anupama Rao. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 2004.
  • “B.R. Ambedkar and the Search for a Meaningful Buddhism,” in Reconstructing the World:  B.R. Ambedkar and Buddhism in India. Edited by  Surendra Jondhale and Johannes Beltz. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004: pp. 18-34.
  • “The Meaning of Ambedkar,” for Dalit Identity and Politics, edited by Ghanshyam Shah. Delhi, Thousand Oaks: Sage,  2001.
  • ”Experiments in Dalit Education” (Pre-Independence)” in Education and the Disprivileged, edited by S. Bhattacharya. Hyderabad: Orient Longmans, 2002.
  • “Dalit Tradition and Dalit Consciousness” in Democratic Government in India: Challenges of Poverty, Development and Identity, edited by Niraja Gopal Jayal and Sudha Pai.  New Delhi: Sage, 2001. (Insert "not" in  the last sentence.)
  • “History of Untouchables in Poona City”  for a volume in Marathi on Pune edited by Aroon Tikekar.  In English: “The History of Dalits in Pune,” in The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay.  N.S. Vol. 74 for 1999:211-239 (2000).
  • “Untouchables, Purity and Pollution,” for the 8th International Conference on Maharashtrian Studies , held in Sydney, Australia in 1999, edited by Jim Masselos.
  • “Introduction,” “Glossary” and “Biographical Notes” for Growing up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography, by Vasant Moon, translated from the Marathi by Gail Omvedt.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001. New Delhi:  Sage, 2002.
  • “Kipling’s Kim in the Classroom,” in Asianetwork Exchange VIII;1(Fall 2000), pp 24-25.
  • “Self Critical Honesty: The Writing of Urmilla Pawar,” in Manushi No. 122. Jan-Feb 2001. Introduction to Chauti Bhint (The Fourth Wall) by Urmilla Pawar, p. 23.
  • "Ahilyabai Holkar" in Manushi No. 124.
  • “Dr. Ambedkar and the Constitution” for India’s Constitution at Fifty, a conference called by  D.R. SarDesai. Published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of  Bombay, 77:78, (2002-3)
  • Translation with Vimal Thorat of "Whirlwind " by Datta Bhagat, in An Anthology of Modern Indian Drama, edited by G.P. Deshpande. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2000.
  • " Bombay/Mumbai and the Ambedkar Movement: Past and Present" in Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner, edited by Sujata Patel, et al. New Delhi: Sage, 2002: pp.392-404 .
  • "The Search for Cokhamela," The Dalit (March-April 2002): 35-37.
  • "Immortalizing Babasaheb". an interview with Meena Kandasamy, The Dalit (May-June 2002): 40-43.
  • Foreword and Comments for Detlef Kantowsky, Buddhists in India Today, translated from the German by Hans-Georg Tuerstig. New Delhi: Manohar, 2003.
  • Sant Cokhamela: vividh darshan, edited with Va. La. Manjul.  Pune: Sugawa Prakashan, 2002.  Included are Marathi translations of my articles: "Cokhamelayaca shodh."   "Cokhamela ani Eknath." "Soyrabai ani Nirmala." (not translated by ez)
  • “Ashok Kelkar and Dalit Literature” for  The Bulletin of Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute. Volumes 62 and 63 (2002 and 2003).  Professor Ashok R. Kelkar Felicitation Volume. Published in 2004. 
  • “A Maharashtrian Buddhist Family: The Kambles of Pune” in Family Diversity in India: Patterns, Practices and Ethos, edited by P.K. Roy.  New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 2003.
  • “Relating to the Voices of India’s Untouchables” in the AsiaNetwork Exchange XI:3 (Spring 2004.) Watch for correction in the following issue.
  • “A Note on Bhakti Poetry,” in The Oxford India Ramanujan, edited by Molly Daniels-Ramanujan. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004:1-8
  • “Caste in Contemporary India” in Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture and Practice. Edited by Robin     Rinehart.  Publisher: ABC/Clio. 2004: 243-271.
  • “Untouchability” for the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004
  • “Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar”, entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, 2004.
  • "Untouchables (Dalits) for the Encyclopedia of the Developing World. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Pub., 2004.
  • Book: Untouchable Saints: An Indian Phenomenon, edited with Rohini Mokashi-Punekar. New Delhi: Manohar, 2005.
  • Book: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Untouchable Movement.  New Delhi: Blumoon Books, 2004
  • "Ambedkar Abroad". Sixth Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Annual Lecture. Jawaharlal  Nehru University, New Delhi." 2004.
  • "The Importance of Ambedkar's world view to India's social progress."  Fourth Manchester Ambedkar Memorial Lecture,  Manchester, U.K., October 10, 2005.
  • "Dr. Ambedkar's Path to Buddhism: a Marga to Navayana?"  in Marga: Ways of Liberation, Empowerment and Social Change in Maharashtra, edited by M. Naito, I.Shima and H. Kotani.  New Delhi: Manohar, 2008.    
  • "Dalits" for the Encuclopedia of Race and Racism.  Editor in Chief: John H. Moore.  Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.
  • “Understanding Dr. B.R. Ambedkar”, Religion Compass. Online Resource from Blackwell Publishing, 2008
  • “Dalit Literature, language and identity", in Language in South Asia, edited by Braj Kachru, Yamuna Kachru and S.N. Sridhar.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008: pp. 450-465.
  • “The Early Voices of Untouchables: the Bhakti Saints” in From Stigma to Assertion: Untouchables, Identity and Politics in Early Modern India, edited by Mikael Aktor.  Copenhagen: Museum Tuscalanum Press, electronic and print, 2010.
  • "India's Dalits: Racism and Contemporary Change", 2010 ?  bi-annual Global Dialogue Journal. Issue on Race and Racism. 2011.  Edited by Paul Theodoulou. Cyprus.
  • "Pariah": Global.  In the Encyclopedia of Global Studies
  • "My Experience with Caste" in Caste in Life; Experiencing Inequalities,ed. by D. Shyam Babu and R.S.Khare. Delhi: Pearson, 2011.
  • "Dalit Initiatives in Education." in State, Society and Education in Comparative Perspective. Edited by S. Srinivas Rao and Parimala V. Rao. New Delhi: Zakir Husaain Centre for Educational Studies. Jawaharlal Nehru University,  2012?
  • "Connected Peoples: Pilgrimage in the Ambedkar Movment"  Voice of Dalit 4:1, 2011.

In Process: 

  • Debates about Dalits for the Oxford University Press series
  • More Essays on the Ambedkar Movement                       
  • Pandharpur Revisited: The Town, the Temple, the Pilgrimage, to be edited with Anne Feldhaus
  • Understanding Ambedkar Buddhism: An Annotated Bibliography, for the Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies.
  • Something on Eknath?  with Jon Keune? 
  • Tukaram
  • Bibliography on Hinduism in Maharashtra with Anne Feldhaus and Jeff Brackett

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