"Cast has been a major defining characteristic of India society. It has its origin
in early India and finds mention in Hindu scriptures. There have been efforts by the likes
of Gautam Budha, Kabir, Ambedkar who have challenged and opposed this social system.
Despite the change in the patterns of society the caste rigidities have not been done away
with till today. This is a system of structural hierarchy which needs to be annihilated.
During freedom movement the foundation of an equal society were laid. The freedom of the
country gave a big hope that the Indian Constitution and its norms will ensure the
eradication of this system, but it persists in newer forms.
There have been social streams which have been preserving the graded structure of our
society. The book is compilation of essays and articles which highlight the salient
features of the caste system, the ideology which aims to preserve it and the struggles
which are going on to eradicate the same. The book traces the principles and forms of the
campaigns/movements aiming at society with Liberty, Equality and Fraternity."
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