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Growing Up Untouchable in India (01 Edition)by Vasant Moon
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Originally published in Marathi in 1989, this contemporary classic details the history of womenand#8217;s participation in Dr. B. R. Ambedkarand#8217;s Dalit movement for the first time. Focusing on the involvement of women in various Dalit struggles since the early twentieth century, the book goes on to consider the social conditions of Dalit womenand#8217;s lives, daily religious practices and marital rules, the practice of ritual prostitution, and womenand#8217;s issues. Drawing on diverse sources including periodicals, records of meetings, and personal correspondence, the latter half of the book is composed of interviews with Dalit women activists from the 1930s. These first-hand accounts from more than forty Dalit women make the book an invaluable resource for students of caste, gender, and politics in India. A rich store of material for historians of the Dalit movement and gender studies in India,and#160;We Also Made Historyand#160;remains a fundamental text of the modern womenand#8217;s movement.
Filled with the rich and colorful life of an Indian slum and the political currents that swirl around it, this unique autobiography traces the life of an "Untouchable", India's lowest caste. Vasant Moon, an indomitable child grown to courageous reformer and scholar, gives us an intimate glimpse into a world Westerners never see. We see his deep reverence for nature as he makes us feel Nagpur's heat and the joy brought by the monsoon. We suffer the problems faced by Indian women as he quietly honors his mother for her dignified but grinding battle with poverty. We learn about the inescapable hierarchy imposed by caste, based on ancient principles of hereditary pollution, through his participation in the Dalits' battle for equality, rights, and legal and political power. Never bitter or vengeful, Moon offers a moving and eloquent testament to a uniquely Indian life as well as to the universal human spirit.
n this English translation, Moon's story is usefully framed by apparatus necessary to bring its message to even those taking their first look at South Asian culture. . . . The result is an easy to digest short-course on what it means to be a Dalit, in the words of one notable Dalit. Journal of Asian Studies
About the Author
Urmila Pawar is a Marathi writer who has published several short story collections, including Motherwit, also published by Zubaan. Meenakshi Moon was a close associate of Dr. Ambedkar. Wandanaand#160;Sonalkarand#160;teaches economics at Dr Babasaheb Marathwada University, Aurangabad, and is a founder member of Aalochana Centre for Documentation and Research on Women.
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