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Every sixth human being in the world today is an Indian, and every sixth Indian is an untouchable. For thousands of years the untouchables, or Dalits, the people at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, have been treated as subhuman. Their story has rarely been told. This remarkable book achieves something altogether unprecedented: it gives voice to India's voiceless.

In Untouchables, Narendra Jadhav tells the awe-inspiring story of his family's struggle for equality and justice in India. While most Dalits had accepted their lowly position as fate, Jadhav's father rebelled against the oppressive caste system and fought against all odds to forge for his children a destiny that was never ordained.

Based on his father's diaries and family stories, Jadhav has written the triumphant story of his parents — their great love, unwavering courage, and eventual victory in the struggle to free themselves and their children from the caste system. Jadhav vividly brings his parents' world to light and unflinchingly documents the life of untouchables — the hunger, the cruel humiliations, the perpetual fear and brutal abuse.

Compelling and deeply compassionate, Untouchables is a son's tribute to his parents, an illuminating chronicle of one of the most important moments in Indian history, and an eye-opening work of nonfiction that gives readers access and insight into the lives of India's 165 million Dalits, whose struggle for equality continues even today.

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"[C]aptures the life of India's villages and Bombay's slums with an anthropologist's precision and a novelist's humanity." Asia Times

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"Jadhav tells the story of his parents — a hard-working pair who were determined that their son would have a better life....This Indian bestseller will strike a chord in the U.S." Kirkus Reviews

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"A searing narrative of a Dalit family's odyssey through oppression." Sahara Times

About the Author

Narendra Jadhav was born in Mumbai, India, in 1953. A renowned economist, prolific writer, and public speaker, he is currently the principal adviser and chief economist for the Reserve Bank of India. The author of seven books and more than seventy research papers and articles, he lives in Mumbai.

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ISBN:
9780743270793
Author:
Jadhav, Narendra
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Narendra Jadhav
Subject:
Historical - General
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Social conditions
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Discrimination & Racism
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Social classes
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Asia - India
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Economists
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Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Dalits - India - Maharashtra
Subject:
Jadhav, Narendra
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Featured Titles-History and Social Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 21.91 oz

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"Review" by , "[C]aptures the life of India's villages and Bombay's slums with an anthropologist's precision and a novelist's humanity." Asia Times
"Review" by , "Jadhav tells the story of his parents — a hard-working pair who were determined that their son would have a better life....This Indian bestseller will strike a chord in the U.S."
"Review" by , "A searing narrative of a Dalit family's odyssey through oppression."
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