The changing Trends of Hindu Caste System:An Anthropological Exploration Anadi Kumar Bhattacharjee
The High Caste Hindu Woman: Ramabai Sarasvati
Communalism Caste and Hindu Nationalism: Ornit Shani
The High-Caste Hindu Woman: Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati
Communalism Caste and Hindu Nationalism:The Violence in Gujarat Ornit Shani
Crossing the Lines of Caste:Visvamitra and the Construction of Brahmin Power in Hindu Mythology Adheesh A. Sathaye
Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was one of the most remarkable figures in the 20th century. Born an Untouchable - the lowest element of Indian society deemed to be outside the caste system, and literally ´untouchable´ - he rose from abject village poverty to become the architect of the new Constitution of India following its independence from Britain in 1947. A combination of exceptional talent, hard work and determination, vision and luck took him to Harvard and the LSE, and then back to his home country. Always, his progress was impelled by the concern for his ´Untouchable´ community and it was this that underpinned work in law, politics and economics as he rapidly became a national figure who could not be ignored. He opposed Gandhi´s patronising attitude towards the Untouchable community, and the violent crimes and prejudice inflicted upon it by the caste Hindu society. In the 1930s, Ambedkar proclaimed that though he was born a Hindu, he would not die a Hindu; and on 14th October 1956, with 400,000 followers, he converted to Buddhism in a mass meeting in Nagpur. This biography is by the British-born Buddhist monk Urgyen Sangharakshita who knew Ambedkar and spent decades working with the Dalit community as the Untouchables became known. It is a clear but affectionate look at a singular life which changed one of the largest nations on earth, and charts Ambedkar´s gradual move towards Buddhism which he saw as the best path for his people. Bonus material: in addition to the biography is Annihilation of Caste, Ambedkar´s key speech - never delivered but published in 1936 - in which he set out the reality of ´Untouchable´ life and the need for change, but it is at the same time an international clarion call for human rights. It is all the more poignant as, while Untouchability is outlawed in India now thanks to Dr Ambedkar´s legislation, there are 200 million Dalits in India, and violence and prejudice is still commonplace. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ratnadhya, Sagar Arya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dhrm/000038/bk_dhrm_000038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Aatish Taseer first came to Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism, he was 18, the Westernized child of an Indian journalist and a Pakistani politician, raised among the intellectual and cultural elite of New Delhi. Nearly two decades later, Taseer leaves his life in Manhattan to go in search of the Brahmins, wanting to understand his own estrangement from India through their ties to tradition. Known as the twice-born - first into the flesh and again when initiated into their vocation - the Brahmins are a caste devoted to sacred learning. But what Taseer finds in Benares, the holy city of death also known as Varanasi, is a window on an India as internally fractured as his own continent-bridging identity. At every turn, the seductive, homogenizing force of modernity collides with the insistent presence of the past. In a globalized world, to be modern is to renounce India - and yet the tide of nationalism is rising, heralded by cries of ´´Victory to Mother India!´´ and an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence. From the narrow streets of the temple town to a Modi rally in Delhi, Taseer struggles to reconcile magic with reason, faith in tradition with hope for the future, and the brutalities of the caste system, all the while challenging his own myths about himself, his past, and his countries old and new. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002420/bk_high_002420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.