x, 372p., 25 cm. (Encyclopaedia of Dalits in India Series)
CONTENTS:- History; Different Phases; A Long Journey; Roots and Growths; Tradition of Hinduism; Early Movements; Dalit Literature; The Society; The Polity; The Religion; Later Movements; Stastical Data: Reserved Constituencies (Lok Sabha); Reserved Constituencies (State Assemblies); etc.
Variously known as Shudras, Harijans Scheduled Castes etc., the people belonging to lowest caste-hierarchy are now generally termed as Dalits. Indian society is caste-ridden. Whatever may be the causes of origin of caste system, the lowest rung of society, comprised of Dalits were subjected to torture, humiliation and exploration of all sorts. They were treated like beasts of burden. Socio-religious factors forced them to lead a animal-like life. This book gives a categorical account of history of Dalits. Supported by facts and figures, this book will prove a veritable mine of information on the theme.