Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond Gail Omvedt

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Published: March 29th 2012

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140 pages


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Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond  by  Gail Omvedt

Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond by Gail Omvedt
March 29th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 140 pages | ISBN: | 7.67 Mb

Key Features Gail Omvedt is name as far as Dalit studies is concerned- she has been actively involved in anti-caste campaigns since the 1970s and her academic writings include several books and articles on class, caste and gender issues. This bookMoreKey Features Gail Omvedt is name as far as Dalit studies is concerned- she has been actively involved in anti-caste campaigns since the 1970s and her academic writings include several books and articles on class, caste and gender issues.

This book makes for an easy read approaching the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements in India The author explains how dalit politics and the dalit vision require going beyond even the term dalit and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste This is an invaluable primer on the subject to students of dalit and caste studies and politics.

Apart from a comprehensive Bibliography, this book also has a section on recommended readings for the help of students prepared by the author. A comprehensive Index has been added to this revised edition. About the Book: Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond Understanding Caste approaches the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements from a position of insightful inquiry and rigorous scholarship.

Critiquing the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism, and Hinduism with Brahmanism-which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilisation-it shows how even secular minds remain imprisoned within the Brahmanical vision. And so it looks at the alternative traditions nurtured within dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and history. Written in a lucid and readable style, the author elucidates how dalit politics and the dalit vision require going beyond even the term dalit and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste.

Alongside the ascendance of Hinduism, the book traces the invasive trends of resistance and revolt in the tenets of Buddhism and radical bha



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