CONTENTS:- 1. A Dalit Interface; 2. Introduction; 3. The First Dialogue; 4. Close the Door on the Horrendous Past; 5. Human Rights of SC/STs a radical break with Tradition and dismantling of the pernicious caste system; 6. The Dalit Movement: Notes on its Perspective and Suggestions for a Programme; 7. Human Rights and the Dalits; 8. Constructing A Concept of Dalit-Bahujans and Human Rights; 9. Development Policy and Social Change with Reference to Scheduled Castes; 10. Dalits and Human Rights-A Part of the whole but a Part Apart; 11. Religious and Social Practices and Human Rights of Dalits; 12. Need for a Renaissance; 13. Inculcating Human Rights in Culture: Towards a New National Movement; 14. Developmental Issues in Human Rights; 15. An Appraisal of Land Reforms and Other Legislative Measures for the Uplift of SCs/STs; 16. Concept of a National Human Rights Movement and Annihilation of Caste; 17. Religious and Social Protection of SC/STs; 18. A Note on Constitutional Safeguards and Legislative Measures for the Uplift of Scheduled Castes; 19. Human Rights Violations: Remedial Measures; 20. Religious and Social Protection of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; 21. Dalit Women and Human Rights: Some Neglected Issues; 22. Horrendous Practices in the Name of Hinduism; 23. Dalit Movement in Maharashtra; 24. Religious and Social Practices and Human Rights of Dalits; 25. Social Policy and Societal Changes; 26. Human Rights in a Caste Society; 27. Uplift of SC/STs: Legislative Measures Have Failed; 28. The Concept of National Human Rights Movement and Uplift of SCs/STs; 29. Human Rights Education: India's Heritage; Part II: State of Human Rights in India; 30. The Problem of Graded Inequality; 31. Human Rights Trodden Under Foot; 32. Which Cry of Agony was Shriller and Searing to the Soul?; 33. Intolerance; 34. Academics Renew anti-Reservations Stir; 35. "Ancient Wrongs" and the National Human Rights Commission; 36. Rights of the Child: Education; 37. Dalits Deserve Apology-Air commodore; 38. Alternative Media for Dalit Liberation in India; 39. NHRC's Credibility at Stake; 40. Societal Violation of Human rights and Human rights Education; List of Participants and Observers.
An in-depth study of the issue of Dalit human rights and the caste system from varying perspectives including those of the victims, the book is divided into two sections. The first section is a comprehensive account of a two-day national workshop at Chennai, the first of its kind, on "Human Rights and Societal changes with reference to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes" jointly organized by NHRC and DELT. The four sub-themes for discussion were carefully selected to ensure a structured consideration of the main topic: (1) Social policy and Societal changes with reference to Dalits, (2) Appraisal of Legislative measures for the uplift of Dalits, (3) Religious and Social Practices and Human Rights of Dalits, (4) The concept of a National Human Rights Movement and Dalit uplift. Section II of the volume includes writings by G.S. Bhargava, R.M. Pal, Henry Thiagaraj and Air Commodore G.N. Baindur (Retd.) on aspects relevant to the central theme of the exercise. Many of the writings included in the second section have appeared in newspapers and periodicals. These have been included for an understanding of the state of Dalit human rights.