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Beyond The Four Varnas - The Untouchables in India
Beyond The Four Varnas - The Untouchables in India

Beyond The Four Varnas - The Untouchables in India

by Prabhati Mukerjee

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Language

English

Publisher

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

ISBN

8179860027 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 116

Binding

Hardcover

Prabhati Mukerjee

Author: Prabhati Mukerjee
Publisher: Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 116
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8179860027

Description

Much has been written and discussed about the untouchables in contemporary India but almost nothing about their emergence, visibility and eventual degradation in society. The present study undertakes the ardous task of finding out form hitherto unexplored bibliographical sources the relevant questions like, who were the most powerful people; when, why and how could they bring others under their control?

It starts with the Rgveda, the earlier written materials regarding India and attempts to describe the emergence, crystallization and ultimate discrimination of untouchables in India. The study continues up to c AD 200 when the exact Sanskrit word asprsya appeared for untouchables replacing other words like unclean, impure, etc.

In this edition several topics have been discussed with more details. Comparison has also been made with similar phenomena in other countries to show that untouchability in India was not unusual. What however was unusual is that with untouchability becoming a taboo it became viable and therefore more difficult to eradicate from society.

Contents

Foreword

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Quotations

Introduction

CHAPTER I
Conflict, Cooperation and Coexistence materials from sacred literature

CHAPTER II
Identification, Rejection and Segregation
Materials from sacred and technical, non-Hindu and non-Indian source
(a) Evidence from sacred and technical literature
(b) Evidence from non-Hindu sources
( C) Evidence from non-Indian sources

CHAPTER III
Where and how did they live?

CHAPTER IV
Summing Up

Bibliography

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