Ambedkar and Dalit Movement : Special Reference to Rajasthan

Shyamlal, Rawat Pub, 2008, xiv, 248 p, ISBN : 8131602036, $35.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. A brief history of socio-religious perspective of Rajasthan. 2. Untouchable consciousness and movements in princely states of Rajputana: Socio-political roots of Ambedkarite Movement. 3. Dr. Ambedkar and emergence of Dalit Movement in Rajasthan-I : 1932-1969: Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur. 4. Dr. Ambedkar and emergence of Dalit Movement in Rajasthan-II: 1957-1994: Bikaner, Sriganganagar, Udaipur, Banswara and Kota. 5. Untouchability and atrocities in Rajasthan. 6. The epilogue. Appendix: status of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Rajasthan. Index.

"The emergence of the Ambedkarite Movement has been one of the most significant developments in Rajasthan since 1930s. The present study examines the emergence, ideology and programme, mobilisational strategies and spread of the Ambedkarite Movement, against the backdrop of two important changes witnessed in the state since the early 1930s: a wave of Dalit assertion and grass-roots activism. It is based upon extensive field work and interviews with the initiators of the movement and generation of post-independence educated, upwardly mobile, socially aware and politically conscious Dalits.

While tracing the socio-political history of the Ambedkarite Movement and conversion to Buddhism over 75 years, the study presents an account of Dalits' endeavour, encounters and experiences. It provides an understanding of the impact of Ambedkar speeches and agitations on both Dalits and Indian politics and challenges the tenor of ritual power that defines Hinduism differently.

While highlighting its considerable achievements evident in Rajasthan Dalit communities today, the study also explores the reasons for the limitation of the Ambedkarite Movement.

Perhaps the only scholarly work on Ambedkarite Movement in Rajasthan, it will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and all those engaged in Dalit Studies." (jacket)

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