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Dalits in Ancient and Medieval India: Slavery and Suppression

K.L. Chanchreek (Author)
Synopsis The present comprehensive and systematic study ‘Dalits in Ancient and Medieval India’ is intended mainly to trace and focus on the plight and suppression of the Untouchables and the degraded Shudras covering a period of 3000 years.

From Vedic to beginning of the Buddhist era the defeated race of Non-Aryands, ignored and suppressed, with degraded nomenclatures lived as slaves, serfs and servile class. The emergence of the Buddhism was certainly an era of social transformation when the Untouchables, the Shudras, the womenfolk, the fallenmen and women got equal treatment in the society. The Buddha himself initiated many Shudra Dalits in his order who during Vedic period were denied civil rights, rights to education and knowledge and treated worst than animals.

The Arab races and Mughals did nothing for the uplift of the Shudras and Untouchables and even encouraged conversions. It was the Bhakti cult, Sikhism and Sufism, which greatly influenced the untouchables and the castes of low origin to rise in revolt against social odds and oppressive features of the dominating society. It is hoped this historical study will be helpful in understanding, the plight, suppression and miseries of the Dalits in India of that period.
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About the author

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 Dalits in Ancient and Medieval India: Slavery and Suppression
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.09.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788183293440
length x+256p., Index; 23cm.