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Shudras in Ancient India

 
R. Chandra (Author) K.L. Chanchreek (Author)
Synopsis Shudras are the lowest in the institution of Varna (caste) system. It is an exclusively Indian phenomenon, created to maintain a gradation in Hindu social order and broaden the scope of enslavement serfdom. In the Aryan social life the biologically unscientific and artificial caste system was not the growth of a single age, it took centuries to reach in its present form. Varna system became so deep rooted that it gave rise to social injustice and colossal vice like untouchability, slavery, degradation, uprooting from land and ancestral property, exploitation at every stage in life to a vast majority of non Aryan races or Shudras. In the Purush-Sukta of Rig-Veda there is mention of four varnas (castes), which are presumed to be originated from the supreme being. Brahmin from his mouth, Kshatriya from arms, Vaishya from thighs and Shudra from his feet. From Vedic period to the middle of Sutras and the Buddhist period fourfold division represented these classes as a division of labour and Shudras became the servile class, the slaves of Aryans. The present book traces the historical evolution of the Shudras and their wretched conditions in the ancient period of history, which the eminent scholars like H.H. Wilson, Dr. P.V. Kane, and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Chanchreek and Chandra have narrated in their research oriented papers. This publication will serve as an authentic reference tool on the historically abused Shudra communities.
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About the authors

R. Chandra

R. Chandra (b.1957) holds a Masters' degree in History and PG Diploma in Tourism besides a degree in Education. A seasoned tourism personnel, he was associated with UP Tourism for long. Besides working on various projects he has qritten many articles.

K.L. Chanchreek

K.L. Chanchreek is a great scholar and Indologist, academician and cultural activist, linquist and folklorist, poet and litteratueur, biographer and bibliographer. Born in delhi (1933) and educated at Agra, Delhi and Punjab Universities (1952-1957), he served in various capacities under the Government of India as Research Assistant, Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology and later Member, Experts Advisory Committee, Chief Librarian, M/o Commerce and Industry, General Manager, Modern Food Industries (A govt. of India Undertaking) Chief Editor, Collected Works of Dr. Ambedkar (Dr. Ambedkar Foundatioin, Govt. of India), and Academic Adviser, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Social Sciences, Bundelkhand University. He has edited several literary and social journals. He has also written an compited books and research publications on a wide range of subjects like Jainology, Buddism, literature, library and information science folklore, Dalit movement, international nad current affairs as well as on national leaders. He has nearly four dozen titles to his credit both in Hindi and English brought out by the leading publishers and Government departments.

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Title Shudras in Ancient India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xiii+253p.