Maheswaran, G. (2001): Social Segregation and Slums: The Plight of
Dalits in the Slums of Delhi. Indian Social Institute, New Delhi (125 pag).
(UI-133-044) India; kastelozen/dalits; slums; Delhi; armoede.
Forced by poverty, deprivation and denial of rights, marginalised sections of the society,
like dalits, end up in slums where they struggle daily to lead a 'hand to mouth' existence.
On this people this booklet focuses. The study has been undertaken with the objective of
unraveling the reasons for their migration to the slums and the socio-economic conditions
that they live in. The study brings to light the miserable living conditions in the slums and
the plight of the marginalised communities within the slums of Delhi. ]
M.J. (2000): Dalit Rights: Landmark Judgements on SC/ST/Backward
Classes. Indian Social Institute, New Delhi (132 pag). (UI-133-043) India;
kastelozen/dalits; Scheduled Castes and Tribes; reserveringspolitiek; wetgeving; rechtspraak.
[ The special protection given to the
Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes under the Constitution
and some other statutes has been the subject of intense debate since independence. There
was always discussion on the unique privileges granted to the depressed classes. The
conflicting viewpoints have often led to violence, reaching the peak during the Mandal
agitation in the early nineties. This booklet is a compilation of judgements as a reference
for basic information about judicial interpretation of the law. ]
Deliege, Robert (1999): The Untouchables of India. Berg, Oxford (229 pag). (UI-133-041)
India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; sociale beweging.
[ This book addresses the problem of untouchability by providing an overview of the subject as well as penetrating
insights into its social and religious origins. The author persuasively demonstrates that untouchability is a
deeply ambiguous condition: neither inside nor outside society, reviled yet indispensable, untouchables constitute
an original category of social exclusion. This is reflected in the various social movements they have led over the
last century and more. ]
Gnanaraj, Xavier; Krishnamoorthy, P. (2000): Outside the Caste:
A Status Report on the Dalits of Tamil Nadu.
Socio-Educational Trust, Thimmavaram (111 pag). (UI-133-034) India;
kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; kastewreedheden; Tamil Nadu; arbeidsomstandigheden.
[ Study on the status of Dalits in Tamil Nadu. The objectives of the study are: (1)
to throw light on the living and
working conditions of Dalits in the economic sphere; (2) to highlight the
disempowered and powerless situation of
Dalits in the political arena; (3) to explore the living conditions and present
status of Dalits in social front;
(4) to document the ingredients of distinct culture of Dalits; and (5) to sum up
the atrocities inflicted on the
Dalits and the root causes for the same. ]
Gupta, Dipankar (2000): Interrogating Caste: Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian Society. Penguin Books, New
Delhi (300 pag). (UI-131-020)
India; kastenstelsel; hindoeïsme.
[ The caste system has conventionally been perceived by scholars as a hierarchy based on the binary opposition of
purity and pollution. Challenging this position, the author argues that any notion of a fixed hierarchy is
arbitrary and valid only from the perspective of the individual castes. The idea of difference, and not hierarchy,
determines the tendency of each caste to keep alive its discrete nature and this is also seen to be true of the
various castes which occupy the same rank in the hierarchy. ]
Haslam, David (1999): Caste Out! The Liberation Struggle of the
Dalits in India. CTBI, London (171 pag). (UI-133-030) India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; mensenrechten; kastewreedheden.
[ The caste system is a very serious problem in South Asia today. Its worst effects
can be seen in India but it is
also prevalent in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries. This book
outlines the responsibility of Indian
Governments, past and present, for the current sorry state of affairs, but points
out that the British colonial
regime must take some of the blame. The Christian Church also does not have
clean hands. ]
Islam, Shamsul (2002): Untouchables in Manu's India. Media House, Delhi (64 pag). (UI-133-037)
India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; klassieke Indiase literatuur; godsdienst.
[ Dr. B.R. Ambedkar burnt a copy of 'Manusmriti' on the banks of the Narmada in 1928 describing it as the greatest
affront to humanity, equality and justice. However, with the ascendency of Hindu Right in India, politically, there
is being witnessed a flood of low-priced mass editions of 'Manusmriti'. So have increased the horrible incidents of
persecution of Dalits or low castes who are Sudras of our society. This book unravels the contents of 'Manusmriti',
and connects its re-surgence to the present political-religious scenario. ]
Jaiswal, Suvira (2000): Caste: Origin, Function and Dimensions of
Change. Manohar, New Delhi (278 pag). (UI-131-016) India; kastenstelsel;
kastelozen/dalits; gender-analyse; hindoeïsme; boeddhisme; geschiedenis; vrouwen
[ This book provides a critique of the current theories of the caste system which
locate its essence in endogamy and
argues that present morphology of caste is the result of the changes the institution has undergone over centuries
of its existence, but the origins are embedded in the ecology of the Vedic
cattle-keepers. Processes of patriarchy
and state formation have played a crucial role in its evolution and its ideology
has made significant conceptual
adjustments in the course of its long history. ]
Jayschree, P.M.; e.a. (ed.) (2000): Dalit Human Rights Violations:
Atrocities against Dalits in India, Vol. I. National
Campaign on Dalit Hum.R, Ahmedabad (320 pag). (NI-136-001) India;
kastelozen/dalits; kastewreedheden; kastenstelsel; geweld; Scheduled Castes and
[ Case papers on atrocities against Dalits in India. With jury's interim observations
and recommendations. ]
Kanungo, Pralay (2002): RSS's Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan. Manohar, Delhi (314 pag). (UI-132-001) India; RSS;
politieke bewegingen; Vishwa Hindu Parishad; hindoes.
[ The RSS is perhaps the most controversial organization in contemporary
India. This book explores the mission, method and motive of the RSS and suggests that
the ideological core of the RSS - Hindu Rashtra - is political and not cultural. It argues
that K.B. Hedgewar, the founder of the RSS, had a clear political mission, while M.S.
Golwalkar, his successor, despite his saintly appearance and overt distaste for 'politics',
sharpened and amplified its ideology. Nevertheless, deep down the RSS remained
Macwan, Martin; Desai, Harshad (2000): Atrocities on Dalits in
Gujarat (1990-93): A documentation and an evaluation.
Center for Social Studies, Surat (88 pag). (UI-136-005) India; kastewreedheden; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; Gujarat.
[ Study on the atrocities on Dalits, with the following objectives: (1) to obtain a
real comprehensive picture of the
atrocities committed on Dalits in the state of Gujarat; (2) to directly contact the
Police Department in charge of
the implementation of the Prevention of Atrocities Act and to know their view
points about the various aspects of
the provisions made therein; and (3) to suggest measures for total eradication of
atrocities on the basis of
experiences gained and inferences drawn from this study.
Massey, James (1997): Down Trodden: The Struggle of India's
Dalits for Identity, Solidarity and Liberation. WCC
Publications, Geneva (82 pag). (UI-133-017) India; kastelozen/dalits;
kastenstelsel; Scheduled Castes and Tribes; geschiedenis; christendom;
[ Recent years have seen dawning awareness of the long-hidden suffering of
India's millions of dalit people,
marginalized and oppressed as "untouchables" falling outside the traditional
Hindu caste system. Their treatment,
which cuts across communal and religious lines, has become an important
concern of the churches in their commitment
internationally to combat all forms of racism. The author, a dalit, uncovers the
religious roots of this system and
surveys its historical development over 3500 years. ]
Moon, Vasant (2001): Growing Up Untouchable in India: A Dalit Autobiography. Vistaar Publications, New Delhi (203 pag).
India; kastelozen/dalits; biografie; kastenstelsel; slums; Scheduled Castes and Tribes.
[ The first Dalit autobiography published in English. The author's story is about his vasti (neighbourhood), and a
community of people considered to be at the bottom of the caste hierarchy. It reveals a complex yet rich slum
culture where Dalits are not seen merely as victims but as a community with strong bonds, striving and struggling
to shed their sense of inferiority. Although a story Moon's life, this book is a rich narrative about the political
and social history of the time. ]
NN (2001): Dalit Human Rights Monitor 2000:
Andhra Pradesh. SAKSHI Human Rights Watch AP, Secunderabad (168 pag).
(UI-136-006) India; kastewreedheden; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; geweld; mensenrechten; Andhra Pradesh .
[ In the constant, everyday processes of Indian society, caste oppression violates Dalit human rights through segregation, denial of
access to education, land and water, denial of the right to dignity, and countless other degradations. The violations are not only a matter of societal oppression, they are also acts of savage violence and unspeakable brutality, inflicted in such a frequent manner
across India that the term "atrocities" has become common parlance. In this report 226 incidents in 1999/2000 in Andhra Pradesh. ]
NN (1998): Broken People: Caste Violence against India's
"Untouchables". Human Rights Watch, New York (291 pag).
(UI-136-004) India; kastelozen/dalits; kastewreedheden; kastenstelsel;
Scheduled Castes and Tribes; geweld tegen
vrouwen; geweld; repressie politie/leger; Naxalieten; prostitutie/Devdasi-meisjes; wetgeving; grondwet.
[ Caste violence against dalits. Contents: Recommendations of the Government of
India; The caste system; Violence
against dalit women; The role of the police; Naxalites; Ranvir Sena; Rural
violence in Bihar; Melavalavu murders;
Ramabai killings; Discrimination and exploitative forms of labour; Bonded
labour; Devadasi system: ritualized
prostitution; Rape cases; Selected articles of the Indian Constitution; The
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Act; ... ]
NN (2001): De Wereldconferentie tegen Racisme en de Problematiek van Rechtsherstel. Adviesraad Int. Vraagstukken, Den
Haag (32 pag). (UI-133-101) mensenrechten; kastelozen/dalits.
[ Advies over de Wereldconferentie tegen Racisme (van 31-8 t/m 7-9-2001
gehouden in Durban) door de Adviesraad
Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV). Inhoud: Racisme en rassendiscriminatie in
verleden en heden; Recht op
rechtsherstel voor slachtoffers van rassendiscriminatie; De aanstaande Wereld-
conferentie: ter tafel liggende
voorstellen en standpunten; Conclusies en aanbevelingen.
Pal, R.M.; Bhargava, G.S. (ed.) (1999): Human Rights of Dalits:
Societal Violation. Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi (327
pag). (UI-133-020) India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; mensenrechten; mensenrechtenbewegingen.
[ An indepth study of the issue of dalit human rights and the caste system from
varying perspectives including those
of the victims. The book is divided into two sections. The first section is a
comprehensive account of a two-day
national workshop at Chennai on "Human Rights and Societal Changes with
reference to the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes", with sub-themes: social policy and changes; appraisal of
legislative measures; human rights.
Section two includes writings relevant to the central theme.
Quigley, Declan (1999): The Interpretation of Caste. Oxford University Press, New Delhi (184 pag). (UI-131-019)
India; kastenstelsel; hindoeïsme.
[ Sociologists tend to argue that caste is an extreme form of social stratification where the individual's social
position is fixed at birth and cannot be changed. Anthropologists tend to explain caste in terms of indigenous
ideas. The author of this book argues that neither of these approaches makes adequate sense of the historical and
ethnographic evidence, and proposes a comparative approach which looks at caste in terms of complex agrarian
Racine, Jean-Luc (ed.) (1998): Untouchability and Beyond: French
Studies of Indian Dalits. Duke University Press, Durham
(111 pag). (UI-133-027) India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; BSP;
[ Special van 'Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East'
(Vol. XVIII No. 1). Contents: Dalit
identities and the dialectics of oppression and emancipation; Is God an untouchable?; Untouchability and
Catholicism; The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in North India; The Indian Nuclear
Tests; Islam, politics and women's
rights; Ethnographic histories and untouchable pasts. ]
Raj, M.C. (1999): Ambedkar Era. Ambedkar Resource Centre,
Tumkur (86 pag). (UI-136-001) India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel;
[ Booklet on different aspects of dalit life. ]
Srinivas, M.N. (ed.) (1996): Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar.
Viking/Penguin Books, New Delhi (306 pag). (UI-131-015) India; kastenstelsel; Scheduled Castes and Tribes; hindoeïsme; reserveringspolitiek; kastelozen/dalits;
vrouwen; vrouwen: rechten.
[ As India attempts to modernize, the issue of caste takes on an overwhelming
importance. What form does caste take
today? How can its debilitating aspects be countered? Does the future promise
more and virulent forms of
caste-based discrimination and conflict? In this book essays on caste and women,
caste and economy, caste and
Hinduism, the decline of the old jajmani system and its effect on caste in rural
India, backward class movements in
Tamil Nadu, caste amongst Muslims and Christians, job reservation and the
Mandal Judgement. ]
Thekaekara, Mari Marcel (1999): Endless Filth: The saga of the
Bhangis. Books for Change, Bangalore (126 pag).
(pr-133-001) India; kastelozen/dalits.
[ Every single Indian practises untouchability of a sort towards the Bhangis
without even thinking about it. They are
employed to clean toilets, refused to go into kitchens, and never really touched.
It is ludicrous that in spite of
the public pronouncements of national and state leaders, allocation of funds for
the rehabilitation of the
community and the setting up of a National Commission to rehabilitate the
Bhangis, almost every state government
denies the existence of the group of people or the problem. Why has nothing
Webster, John C.B. (1999): Religion and Dalit Liberation: An
examination of perspectives. Manohar, New Delhi (124 pag).
(UI-133-022) India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; hindoeïsme.
[ This book has a double focus: the religious strategies which Dalits have adopted
to free themselves from
religiously imposed, religiously sanctioned degradation and the perspectives from
which this subject has been
studied. It includes not only data from historical and field research but also an
examination of some of the
theoretical issues which have influenced thinking about that data. Contents:
Historical perspectives; Dr.
Ambedkar's view of religion; Dalit theology and Dr. Ambedkar; Dalits and
religion after Ambedkar. ]
Zelliot, Eleanor (2001): From Untouchable to Dalit: Essays on the Ambedkar Movement. Manohar, New Delhi (350 pag).
India; kastelozen/dalits; kastenstelsel; boeddhisme; hindoeïsme; hindoes.
[ This collection of essays spans the history of the Ambedkar Movement from its 19th century roots to the most recent
development of Dalit literature, and includes the political developments and the Buddhist conversion. ]