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Dalits and the Democratic Revolution
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Dalits and the Democratic Revolution
Dr Ambedkar and the Dalit Movement in Colonial India

First Edition


January 1994 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This important book traces the history of the Dalit movement from its beginning in the 19th century to the death of its most famous leader, B.R. Ambedkar, in 1956. Focusing on three states—Andhra,Maharashtra and Karnataka—Dr Omvedt analyses the ideology and organization of the movement and its interaction both with the freedom struggle(particularly with Gandhi and Gandhism) and the `class` struggles of the workers and peasants (and their dominant ideology-Marxism). She also provides a historical account of the origin and development of the caste system.
Introduction

 
Towards a Historical Materialist Analysis of the Origins and Development of Caste

 
Caste, Region and Colonialism: The Context of Dalit Revolt

 
Emergence of the Dalit Movement, 1900-30: Nagpur, Hyderabad, Andhra, Mysore

 
Emergence of the Dalit Movement, 1900-30: Bombay Presidency and the Role of Ambedkar

 
The Turning Point, 1930-36: Ambedkar, Gandhi, the Marxists

 
The Years of Radicalism: Bombay Presidency, 1936-42

 
`Ambedkarism`: The Theory of Dalit Liberation

 
Mysore, 1930-56: The Politics of Ram-Raj

 
Andhra and Hyderabad, 1930-46: Foundations of Turmoil

 
Hyderabad and Andhra, 1946-56: Revolution, Repression and Recuperation

 
Conclusion

 
Index

 

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