Contents: Preface. 1. Marriage in ancient India. 2. Intercaste marriage in early vedic period. 3. Forms of marriage: i). Polygamy. ii). Polyandry. iii). Rules about gotras and pravaras. iv). Sapinda and cross-cousin marriage. 4. Intercaste marriage in ancient India: i). Anuloma and pratiloma. ii). Mixed castes. iii). Literary and epigraphic evidences. 5. Impact of Islam. 6. Inter-racial mixture. 7. Intercaste marriage in modern India: i). Social reform movement in India. 8. Legislation in India. 10. Views of scholars and writers. Appendix. Rabindranath on marriage. Bibliography with abbreviations. Index.
"The author has attempted to draw an outline of the history of Hindu Intercaste Marriage in India, ancient as well as modern. First the author has dicussed marriage and its general principles, various forms, polygamy, polyandry and rules of restriction about gotras and pravaras and also intercaste-marriage in early Vedic period.
In the second part the author has tried to trace the history of intercaste marriage and also interracial mixture in ancient India and the gradual evolution of the Hindu society.
The last part contains a detailed discussion of intercaste marriage in modern India along with reform movement in social sphere and also with legislation in modern India. The book ends with views of different scholars and writers of modern India on intercaste marriage." (jacket)