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Dalits in Modern India
Vision and Values

Second Edition

May 2007 | 372 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.

S.M. Michael
Introduction
Shrirama
Untouchability and Stratification in Indian Civilisation
John C.B. Webster
Who is a Dalit?
Mahesh Gavaskar
Colonialism within Colonialism
Phule's Critique of Brahmin Power

 
S.M. Michael
Dalit Vision of a Just Society in India
Timothy Fitzgerald
Ambedkar, Buddhism and the Concept of Religion
GOPAL GURU
The Dalit Movement in Mainstream Sociology
K.P. SINGH
Liberation Movements in Comparative Perspective
Dalit Indians and Black Americans

 
S. Selvam
Sociology of India and Hinduism
Towards a Method

 
Arjun Patel
Hinduisation of Adivasis
A Case Study from South Gujarat

 
Traude Pillai-Vetschera
Ambedkar's Daughters
A Study of Mahar Women in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra

 
Christophe Jaffrelot
The BSP in Uttar Pradesh
Party of the Dalits or of the Bahujans - or Catch-all Party?

 
Sukhadeo Thorat
Ambedkar's Interpretation of the Caste System, its Economic Consequences and Suggested Remedies
Gail Omvedt
Dalits and Economic Policy
Contributions of Dr B.R. Ambedkar

 
P.G. Jogdand
Reservation Policy and the Empowerment of Dalits
Richard Pais
Scheduled Castes, Employment and Social Mobility
 
Index

The book is interdisciplinary in nature and the contributors are drawn from the various subjects that come under the rubric of social science. The essays are insightful and some are even passionate…This is not a book that can be ignored by anyone trying to understand the social dynamics that will probably transform India’s political landscape.

The Telegraph

Looking back at the aspirations and struggle of the marginalised Dalit masses, the book 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, presenting articles by the foremost researchers in the field.

The Asian Age

Dalits in Modern India, Vision and Values, has much to recommend [it]. There are several combative and exceptionally insightful papers in this volume.... The editor offers a long introduction familiarising the lay reader [with the long-drawn-out] and complex debate on caste and untouchability.

Economic and Political Weekly

The book traces a vast and interdisciplinary canvas about the Dalits in India. Every conceivable dimension of the concept of `Dalit` is touched upon or discussed in detail. . . . I must congratulate the editor for bringing together [contributions] from such diverse disciplines.

Business Standard

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