We are extremely pleased to announce that at a meeting at the World Book Fair in New Delhi, Navayana have appointed Shalimar Books as their UK stockholding distributor.
Named after Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s socially and morally concerned interpretation of Buddhism, Navayana is India’s first and only publishing house to focus on the issue of caste from an anticaste perspective. Navayana launched their first titles in 2003.
Since 2009 Navayana decided to broad-base its publishing programme, for the struggle against caste cannot happen in isolation from other struggles for justice and equality. They now publish the best of socially engaged writing from South Asia and across the world: B.R. Ambedkar, Namdeo Dhasal, Slavoj Zizek, Arundhati Roy, Michel Foucault, Kancha Ilaiah, Anand Teltumbde, Angela Davis, Gail Omvedt, Jeremy Seabrook, Sharmila Rege, Shashank Kela, Dilip Menon, Eleanor Zelliot, Gogu Shyamala, Ajay Navaria, K. Balagopal, Jacques Ranciere, among others.
Independent and politically committed, Navayana publish, as well as non-fiction titles, fiction, graphic format literature, and poetry.
The full story of the logo can be found on the Navayana website -, an abbreviated version is –
The logo of the publishing house is an ink sketch of two buffaloes kissing. The publisher, S. Anand, explains that the iconography comes from an excerpt from Aravind Malagatti’s autobiography in Kannada, Government Brahmana. It is a story about how the ideology of caste does not allow a dalit-owned she-buffalo in heat to mate with a he-buffalo owned by a landlord. For the cover art of the April 2003 issue of The Dalit, a journal run by the Dalit Media Network, Chennai, Anand approached the artist Chandru (G. Chandrasekaran) with this story. The logo is a close-up of the artist’s interpretation. [Wikipedia].
Some Navayana titles on our site