Edited by Imtiaz Ahmad and Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan in association with Deshkal Society
ISBN: 978 81 250 4054 5
Publication Date: 2010
Price: Rs. 720
This rich and extraordinary volume brings together contributions from scholars across the humanities and social sciences to provide an incisive analysis of the identity of the Dalits in history, literature and society. The essays organised in four thematic clusters, raise crucial questions: Who is a Dalit? Are Dalits a social or sociological category and what is their relationship with the mainstream? How are women represented among the Dalits? Can a Muslim be a Dalit? Can the Dalits form a unitary, socio-political category?Concerned and cognizant of the collective trauma and memories of centuries of unspeakable oppression, the essays in this volume focus on Dalit assertion and agency in postcolonial India, their challenge of the bigotry and prejudice of the dominant castes and their quest to break free from poverty and social exclusion. They also examine the dynamics of a pervasive caste system that is intrinsically hostile to the growth of a collective consciousness among the backward classes
Lucid and authoritative, the volume is an important contribution to the growing discipline of caste studies.
List of Tables and Figures
Section A: Dalits and Society1. Resolving Dalit Identity: Vankars, Chamars, Valmikis
Section B: Dalits and Literature8. Dalit Literature: A Perspective from Below
Section C: Dalits in History11. Rajwars in Revolt, 1857–58: Saga of
Section D: Castes among Indian Minorities13. Can there be a Category called Dalit Muslims?