Unlike other books on the subject, this book provides a detailed look at the existence and plight of the Dalits as it worked out in ancient India,and as it works in the present, at the same time providing indepth information and insight into the caste system in India. In the context of the dalit struggle, it explores the social, economic and religious expanse of the caste system, right from the stage of inception to its actual working. The author uses a combination of religious scripture, scholarly references, statistical data and his field experience to put forth a compelling and informative book, with information never published before. The book can be divided into three parts. Part one deals exhaustively with the caste system - its origin, causative factors, perpetuation, enforcement, hegemony, outcastes, untouchables et al. Part two takes you deep ino the Dalit question and Dalit plight including identity; origin; social, economic and religious exclusion; present status; educational backwardness, economic impoverishment, plight of women, atrocities, dalit movement and a host of other issues. Part three takes a look at the larger Indian social scenario with reference to the caste system and the Dalit struggle for liberation.
The book covers 83 caste system and Dalit related topics and has 29 illustrative photographs.
About the Author
Oliver D'Souza is a journalist and human rights activist. Also holds important offices in Dalit and Christian organizations in India. Earlier wrote the acclaimed report "Communal Crimes Against christians in India". He is also a public speaker on caste system, dalit struggle and persecution of Christians in India.