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Caste System in India: A Historical Perspective

Ekta Singh

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ISBN 10: 8178353016 / ISBN 13: 9788178353012
Published by Kalpaz Publications/Gyan Books Pvt Ltd, 2009
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The present work consists of well-written, well-analysed and well-researched material of eight chapters in comprehensive way. Ekta Singh commences the work with very introduction, moving forward with Caste System: the early stages, Caste as status in the Family and clan, evaluation of Castes, from Rig Veda onward, Castes in India, their mechanism, Genesis and development, view of W.C. Bannerji, rules for untouchables, Social Reform Party, communal award, defenders of Caste system, Ethics of Hindus, Vedas and Smritis, necessity of religion, beliefs and morals, the social reforms, the theory of Karma, various kinds of rituals, advent of the British rule, Harijan Sevak Sangh, upliftment of Harijans, role of saints and sadhus, Religion and God, Caste system in modern India, conversions, Hinduism, and culture, Christians in Travancore Durbar, the system of Satyagraha and the gospel of spinning and khadi. It could be called a well-researched work as the material for this great work collected from the great Institutions like National Archives of India, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Supru House Library, Delhi University Library, Indian Council of Research Library, Sahitya Akademi Library and Jawaharlal Nehru University Library. Contents: Preface Introduction I. Caste SYSTEM : EARLY STAGES : Muslim Rule; Tribe Defined; Tribe and Caste; Caste Evolution; Birth, Marriage and Death; Ideology of Manu II. CASTE DETERMINES SOCIAL POSITIONS : Status and Occupation; Titles; Division of Aryans; Views of Senart; Yajur-Veda; Aryan in Villages; Status of Brahmans; In Tamil Region; Rajput Clans; Maine`s Ideas; Aryan Immigrants. III. EVOLUTION OF CASTES : Rig Veda; Jatakas and Hindu Society; Buddhist Period; Chandalas` Status; Defilement; Different Theories; The Occupation Theory; System in Castes. IV. CASTES IN INDIA-THEIR MECHANISM, GENESIS AND DEVELOPMENT : Theory of Ethnologists; Theory of Senart; Various Gotras; Status of Women; Celibacy; Origin of Customs; Growth of Caste System; Composition of Hindu Society; Doubts among Researchers. V. ANNIHILATION OF CASTE : Views of W.C. Bonnerji; Rules for Untouchables; Social Reform Party; Communal Award; Socialists and their Role; Defenders of Caste; Hindu Society; Humanitarian Cause; Shudhi and Hindus; Ethics of Hindus; Role of Reformers; Hindus and Problems; Chances of Success; Vedas and Smritis; Sadachar and Good Acts; Necessity of Religion; Beliefs and Morals. VI. THE SOCIAL Reforms : Idea of Pollution; Priestly Class; Theory of Karma; Protect and Revolt; The Rituals; Role of Upper Caste; Advent of British Rule; The Conviction; Harijan Sevak Sangh; Harijans` Upliftment; Gandhi`s Reaction; Welfare Work; Role of Sadhus; Harijan Board; Harijan Day; Religion and God; In South India. VII. CASTE SYSTEM IN MODERN India : Flexibility among Hindus; Policy of Government; Order of Priority; Conversions; Threat of Conversion; An Interview; Loyalty of Harijans; Hinduism and Culture; Christians in Travancore; Dr. Mott`s Questions; Temple Entry; Vykom Satyagraha; Role of Satyagraha; Role of Harijans; Role of Travancore Durbar; Admiration and Sympathy; Gospel of Spinning and Khadi; The Satyagraha. VIII. CONCLUSION Printed Pages: 304. Bookseller Inventory # 35238

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Title: Caste System in India: A Historical ...

Publisher: Kalpaz Publications/Gyan Books Pvt Ltd

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

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Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Caste System: Early Stages Caste Determines Social Positions Evolution of Castes Castes in India-Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development Annihilation of Caste The social Reforms Caste System in Modern India Conclusion Bibliography Index

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