ISBN 9780761996651,Buddhism in India : Challenging Brahmanism and Caste

Buddhism in India : Challenging Brahmanism and Caste


Gail Omvedt


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9780761996651

ISBN-10 0761996656


Number of Pages 324 Pages
Language (English)


As a consequence of the recent activities and utterances of the aggressive forces of Hinduism (or Hindutva), the twin issues of religion and identity are at the forefront of social and political discourse in India. This has also led to a growing interest in Buddhism and a reconsideration of the role of Christianity and Islam in India as well as given rise to a far-reaching reassessment of the cultural, spiritual and artistic heritage of the subcontinent. This fascinating book constitutes a unique exploration of 2,500 years of the development of Buddhism, Brahmanism and caste in India, taking Dr Ambedkar`s interpretation of Buddhism as its starting point. Providing an entirely new interpretation of the origins and development of the caste system, which boldly challenges the `Hindutva` version of history, this book will attract a wide readership among all those who are concerned with the state of contemporary India`s polity and social fabric. Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Reconstructing the World The Background to Buddhism The Dhamma: The Basic Teachings of Buddhism Transitoriness and Transformations Buddhist Civilisation The Defeat of Buddhism in India After Buddhism: The Bhakti Movement Colonial Challenges, Indian Responses and Buddhist Revival Navayana Buddhism and the Modern Age Conclusion Bibliography Index