Caste System in Contemporary India : Issues and Implications
Edited by G. Lazar and K. Jose.
xxii, 440 p. ills. maps. 22 cm.
Place & Publisher
1st ed. New Delhi, Mittal Publications.
In collaboration with Sanskruti, Hyderabad and Sanskriti, Guwahati.
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"As the modern India emerges with a significant presence on the world scene, this
book on Indian caste-system highlights the challenges before the nation to ameliorate
their condition as a matter of urgency to bring diffrent dimensions of Indian culture to
the centre of all civilizations of the world. This volume, if read with an open mind, will
enlighten the reader as to know and appreciate our Indian culture on the one hand, and
also will enlighten the reader, how we are caught up in a terrible trap of caste system
which, to say the least, denies human diginity and distorts the image of God within us on
the other hand. These research papers will help one to have a critical look at ourselves,
keep off our defences and rationalisations. The authors strongly and authoritatively
highlight innumerable possibilities of confronting the evils of the caste system with
Indian values and ethos. Human being standing under hierarchy, inscribed by the
purity-pollution binary seem to be in a socio-religious-economic standstill. The title of
the book, `Caste System in Contemporary India: Issues and Implications' is indicative of
this standstill experience and the yet-to-be realized utopias. The book will definitely
throw a challenge to the present generation to move from orthodoxy to orthopraxis."
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