Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Womens movement in India. 3. Hinduism social movements in India. 4. Islamic social and reform movements in India. 5. Sikh religion movement. 6. Social development movement in India. 7. Social and religious reforms movements. 8. Dalit movement in India. 9. The Chipko movement. Bibliography. Index.
Social Movements is the most comprehensive anthology of social movement studies in Independent India. The volumes cover religious caste linguistic tribal peasant labour women youth and environmental movements in diverse regions and with varying academic orientation. While the general introduction provides a broad understanding of social movements in social science. Social movements have emerged throughout the history of Indian society and culture their study in a sociological framework is recent. Most well known movements in the country are Chipko movements save silent Valley, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Koel Karo, Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha. These movements largely distanced themselves from political parties or tried to cut across the ideologies of the political parties. Some of the popular leaders of such movements are Sunderlal Bahuguna Medha Patkar, Baba Amte Vandana Shiva etc. This book will be widely welcomed by social activists as well as by political scientists historians and sociologists. It will also be invaluable as a text in course on social movements. (jacket)