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Understanding Caste: From Buddha To Ambedkar And Beyond

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Paperback, 115 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Orient Longman (first published November 1st 2010)
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ChunniSeth
Sep 05, 2011 ChunniSeth rated it it was amazing
In this brilliant deconstruction of Hinduism, Omvedt presents fluid, powerful essays on the various voices of dissent in India that have challenged the seemingly axiomatic understanding of India as Hindustan, the land of hinduism. Hinduism then emerges as a hotpotch of hastily put down ideas, often inspired by the European romantic understanding of the customs of the land, designed to appropriate all the milieu traditions of the geographical entity that is India today, which itself is a very ...more
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Sep 01, 2015 Hari rated it liked it
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This book provides a bird view on Hinduism, where it analyses the roots from the BCE to current era. The formation and hierarchy of caste system and how it affects the Indian society at various stages is very well narrated. And at each stages in history how the oppressed community liberates itself from the dominated caste is very well deciphered. I would recommend this book to who are interested to know about the real background of the current Indian society. This book stands along with Dalits ...more
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Apr 29, 2016 Ajay Nawal rated it it was amazing
Gail Omvedt has done a brilliant job in understanding caste, caste movement in India ; tried to enlarge scope of viewing caste system and struggle by analysing the subject from various perspective. If you are interested in understanding history of caste movements in India, this book is a must read. While giving her thesis on this main subject, she also touches various interrelated issues and provide contemporary understanding. eg -
1) how Hinduism has been taken as a for-granted concept, it's th
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Jun 09, 2013 Kumar Gaurav rated it really liked it
It describes what is hinduism and how lower castes and dalits are ignored from the time immemorial and regular dalit's movement to gain position in society.

It is a very good read, giving an insight on the history of India from the lower caste/dalit's point of view.
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Gail Omvedt is a sensible writer, who understands the real-time struggles faced by people belongs to the depressed classes.
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Dr. Gail Omvedt is an American-born Indian scholar, sociologist and human rights activist. Omvedt has been involved in Dalit and anti-caste movements, environmental, farmers' and women's movements.

She was born in Minneapolis, and studied at Carleton College, and at UC Berkeley where she earned her PhD in sociology in 1973. She has been an Indian citizen since 1983.

In recent years she has been work
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