Pollution, untouchability, and harijans a South Indian ethnography by Yasumasa Sekine

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  • Dalits,
  • Tamil (Indic people),
  • Social life and customs,
  • Caste

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Study conducted in Kinnimangalam village in Tamil Nadu, India.

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StatementYasumasa Sekine
LC ClassificationsHT720+
The Physical Object
Paginationxxv, 390 p. :
Number of Pages390
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25170977M
ISBN 109788131603857
LC Control Number2011321239

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It is against the fundamental principles of humanity, it is against the dictates of reason that a man should, by mere reason of birth, be for ever regarded as an untouchable, even unapproachable and unseeable. Untouchability: A Historical course Pollution culture described devotees Dravidian drum eating enter existence followers four given Government groups hand Harijans high caste higher Hindus History House Ibid impure influence inscription Kammālas kings known lands later literature lived Madras male marriage About Google Books.

to provide the Harijans with basic welfare services. Gandhiji mobilised the popular will in favour of the abolition of untouchability, organised and conducted an All India Harijan Tour.

r Baba, the General Secretary of the All India Harijan Sevak Sangh prepared the plan for the Harijan Tour. Ambedkar was of the opinion that only by leaving Hinduism the Harijans would be able to free themselves from the burden of pollution and untouchability.

Some Harijans were converted to Christianity also, particularly in South India, in the second half of the 19th century. PutuChristians in Kerela are the low-caste Christians.

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Untouchability divided the Hindu society into the ‘touchable’ and ‘untouchable’ groups and served to develop mutual dislike. Campaign against Untouchability: A new twist to the civil disobedience movement came in September when Gandhi, who was in Yeravda Jail, went on a fast as a protest against the segregation of the so-called "untouchables" in the electoral arrangement planned for the new Indian constitution.

Indian society was driven by this discipline of pollution caused by the physical nearness of human beings of certain castes. It is to be remembered that, untouchability was a priest-dominated, religion-centred life style that gave birth to the caste system overwhelming all human activities by untouchability.

Untouchability was the measuring rod by which the. Kerala specifically has a history of oppressive notions of purity and pollution which resulted in not just the practice of untouchability, but also unapproachability and ‘unseeability’. When these practices started to crack in the nineteenth century, there were similar attempts of “justifying” caste atrocities in the name of hygiene.

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According to the [ ]. A Century long struggle for Dalit Rights-What are we lacking. serve only to camouflage the social realities of discrimination and violence faced by those living beneath the “pollution line”[13] Despite the fact that "untouchability" was abolished under India's constitution in ,[14] the practice of "untouchability" – the imposition.

"Harijan", the name by which the Scheduled Castes are popularly known, is resented by them. "It is a dirty word; don't ever use that," says B. Maurya, a prominent leader of the Scheduled Castes. - Issue Date: Essay on the biography of Dr.

B.R Ambedkar. Bhimrao Ambedkar was the architect of Indian Constitution. He was born on 14 April at Mahu near Indore in Madhya Pradesh in a low caste family of harijan.

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(Wikimedia Commons) Gandhi’s solutions to the problem of untouchability, however, were of a religious nature as well. manner the degree to which the Harijans are in consensus with a system that defines them as fundamentally low' (p.

The above theory is clearly directed against what Moffatt calls the 'disjunctive' models of untouchability which stress the contrast between untouchables and the higher castes. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra Chapter 18 Chapter The struggles for Gurdwara Reform and Temple Entry. The rising tide of nationalism and democracy inevitably began to overflow from the political to the religious and social fields affecting the downtrodden castes and classes.

This book offers a fascinating and complex reading of the conceptual and historical genesis of untouchability and the making of the notion of a brahmin.

Rooted in philosophical and textual analysis, the book draws on interesting empirical accounts to offer a nuanced and complex understanding of these processes in relation to the larger. A society which has seen stratification done on each and every level has also seen the notion of purity and pollution by distance respective of their castes.

The ideation of purity and pollution is the major aspect in understanding the hierarchy process of the caste system. Purity and Pollution is also known as the basis of untouchability practice.

Untouchability is relative to one’s caste position, for e.g. the Shudras treat the Dalits as untouchables, however at the same time, they themselves are treated as untouchables by the other higher castes.

There are three dimensions of untouchability, which. NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 Delhi has been concentrating this week on an attempt to make Untouchables - Harijans, the children of God, as Mr Gandhi called them.

It is appropriate to start the list with Dr. Ambedkar (), the most important Dalit leader of modern India. Ambedkar was a brilliant rival of M. Gandhi, with whom he tussled over Gandhi’s inadequate position on caste. (Gandhi attacked untouchability but also romanticized the caste system in some of his pronouncements.).

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Untouchability persists in 'virulent form' throughout India 40 yrs after M Gandhi started his drive to end 'miserable, wretched, enslaving' practice; million untouchables, whom Gandhi called.

The heart of the book is about the social stigma of untouchability affecting India during the s - the period when this book was written and also the time setting for the story as well. I only remember hearing and reading about the phenomenon of untouchability in Hindu society, when growing up in India during the 70s and early 80s/5().

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Essay on the Untouchability – The practice of ‘untouchability’ is a stigma attached to the Hindu is an age-old one. It has its roots deep down in our social and religious system.

Gandhiji regarded this practice as “a leper wound in the whole body of Hindu politic”. Dalit, meaning "broken/scattered" in Sanskrit and Hindi, is a term mostly used for the ethnic groups in India that have been kept depressed by subjecting them to untouchability.

Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism and were seen. Future of Untouchables in India: A Case Study of Dalit. By Majid, Abdul. The hierarchy is based on the principle of purity and pollution determined by birth and large number of Hindus belonging upper castes actively discriminate the lower casts.

Dalits were segregated and denied access to many community facilities like schools, temples. Untouchability is not abolished. Life of Ambedkar 6.

Hence, He dedicated himself for this task. concept of purity and pollution. the upliftment of Harijans. Ambedkar suggested dalits to stay away from Gandhi's HSS. A unique indepth analysis of origins and consequences of caste system and untouchability in the Indian Subcontinent: by Fr.

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It is necessary that there should be an ever increasing contact between the Harijans and the caste Hindus at the same time that all the above measures are being put into practice, so that the tradition of untouchability should be destroyed and the feeling of disgust which the superior Hindus harbor for the untouchables as well as the sense of.

The word untouchability is a verb and its practice has been abolished, regardless of the caste to which a person belongs. The fact that a purification ceremony was conducted after the entry of women aged betweensquarely makes it an act of untouchability, she submitted.

INTRO: Untouchability is a form of discrimination, the social-religious practice of ostracizing a minority group by segregating them from the mainstream by social custom or legal is a menace and social evil associated with traditional Hindu society.

The term is used in India to talk about the public treatment of especially the Dalit communities, who face work and descent .The system untouchability and its victims the untouchables of India cannot be understood in isolation from the Hindu caste system, for untouchability is a product of the Hindu caste system.

The centuries old Hindu caste system of India, still remains as one of the major component of Indian social structure. Untouchability survives, too, and standard-issue polychrome statues of Ambedkar in red tie and double-breasted electric-blue suit now outnumber those of .

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