The Plight Of Indian Dalits
The dalits have always been the most underprivileged section of Indian social system. The Indian society is divided into four main hierarchical caste groups: Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras. Beyond this four-fold classification, there is a category of 'ati-shudras' or Dalits (as they are now called), which fall outside this hierarchy. Treated as untouchables, they are the lowest in Indian caste system. The Practice of untouchability was formally outlawed by the Constitution of India in 1950. However in Practice, the Dalit communities are still subjected to extreme forms of social and economic exclusion and discrimination. They are not only denied access to common property (water,land) but are also denied equal opportunities in education and work. This book highlights the plight of Indian dalits right from the early days, efforts taken to abolish this caste system and the condition of dalits in today's political, economic and social system.
Vidya Devi has a MasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree in Social work from the University of Bombay and has also studied social work and community development at various university and institutions of national importance. She is particularly interested in social work and Dalit movement. She has several papers to her credit in leading Dalit journals. She possesses brilliant academic career and has been awarded several financial assistance from government organization. Her areas of interest are Dali Unliftment, social work and community development. She is actively associated with various NGOs and societies working towards the welfare of Delhi community. She has participated in various national and international conferences and seminars.
Preface VII 1. Caste System in India --Pg. 1 2. Understanding of Dalits and Untouchability --Pg. 19 3. Social System Giving Birth to Dalits --Pg. 65 4. Religious Aspects of Dalits --Pg. 127 5. Discriminations Against Dalits --Pg.163 6. Untouchability and the Reform Movements --Pg.163 7.Indian Constitution and Dalits --Pg. 219 8. Contemporary Indian Politics Involving Dalits --Pg. 251 Bibliography --Pg. 299 Index --Pg. 305