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This second, revised and enlarged edition looks back at the aspirations and struggle of the marginalised Dalit masses and looks forward to a new humanity based on equality, social justice and human dignity. Within the context of Dalit emancipation, it explores the social, economic and cultural content of Dalit transformation in modern India. These articles, by some of the foremost researchers in the field, are presented in four parts:
Part I deals with the historical material on the origin and development of untouchability in Indian civilisation.
Part II contests mainstream explanations and shows that the Dalit vision of Indian society is different from that of the upper castes.
Part III offers a critique of the Sanskritic perspective of traditional Indian society, and fieldwork-based portraits of the Hinduisation of Adivasis in Gujarat, Dalit patriarchy in Maharashtra and Dalit power politics in Uttar Pradesh.
Part IV concentrates on the economic condition of the Dalits.
Table of Contents
Introduction S M Michael
Untouchability and Stratification in Indian Civilisation SHRIRAMA
Who is a Dalit? JOHN C B WEBSTER
Colonialism within Colonialism: Phule?s Critique of Brahmin Power MAHESH GAVASKAR
Dalit Vision of a Just Society in India S M MICHAEL
Ambedkar, Buddhism and the Concept of Religion TIMOTHY FITZGERALD
The Dalit Movement in Mainstream Sociology GOPAL GURU
Liberation Movements in Comparative Perspective: Dalit Indians and Black Americans K P SINGH
Sociology of India and Hinduism: Towards a Method S SELVAM
Hinduisation of Adivasis: A Case Study from South Gujarat ARJUN PATEL
Ambedkar?s Daughters: A Study of Mahar Women in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra TRAUDE PILLAI-VETSCHERA
The BSP in Uttar Pradesh: Party of the Dalits or of the Bahujans ? or Catch?all Party?CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT
Ambedkar?s Interpretation of the Caste System, its Economic Consequences and Suggested Remedies SUKHADEO THORAT
Dalits and Economic Policy: Contributions of Dr B.R. Ambedkar GAIL OMVEDT
Reservation Policy and the Empowerment of Dalits P G JOGDAND
Scheduled Castes, Employment and Social Mobility RICHARD PAIS