Contents: Preface. 1. Ambedkar on caste system. 2. Ambedkar on theories of the origin of untouchability. 3. Ambedkar views on untouchability. 4. Ambedkar on curse of caste. Bibliography. Index.
"Struggles against caste and the caste system have a long history. In modern times, the contribution of B.R. Ambedkar is particularly significant. Ambedkar, hailing from an untouchable caste background, was the pioneer in teaching the untouchables the art of using political weapons for the betterment of their conditions. Through his scholarly works and social and political struggles, Ambedkar challenged the Brahmanical order of society and sought to uphold the basic human rights of the depressed classes. The book analyses the relevance of his struggle in the context of contemporary conditions, noting the diverse trends in the post-Ambedkar Dalit struggles." (jacket)