Up against caste: comparative study of Ambedkar and Periyar

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Rawat Publications, 2004 - Social Science - 235 pages
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"The struggle for social justice and human rights in India is inextricably linked to the question of caste and caste-based social structure which continue to be what Marx had termed decisive impediments to Indias progress. Struggles against caste and the caste system have a long history. In modern times, the contributions of B.R. Ambedkar and E.V. Ramasami (popularly known as Periyar) are particularly significant. Ambedkar, hailing from an untouchable caste background, was the pioneer in teaching the untouchables the art of using political weapons for the betterment of their conditions. Through his scholarly works and social and political struggles, Ambedkar challenged the Brahminical order of society and sought to uphold the basic human rights of the depressed classes. E.V. Ramasamis contributions were no less significant. The imprint of his struggles are to be found in the social and political spheres of the Tamil region in southern India. His challenge to Brahminism was sought t

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