Although there are few autobiographies written by Dalit literati and activists, this is the first by a Dalit academic sociologist. It is self-reflective and not anecdotal. It provides glimpses of Dr. Ambedar’s Samta Sainik Dal (SSD), a social movement for inculcating social and educational awareness among Dalits of Maharashtra during the 1950s...As a sociologist, the author provides ethnographic information of his village society in general and the Dalit habitat, in particular, social role formation among siblings, community culture and power relations in everyday social life, education institutional network in a non-metropolitan area and role of Dalits. Prof. Wankhede not only tells us his story but also his critical views on education policy and its functioning. His reflections on the present education system offer valuable Dalit perspective. The book would be useful for students and researchers of sociology and anthropology, and also, anyone who is interested to understand the lifeworld of the first generation educated Dalit.
-Ghanshyam Shah, Former Professor of JNU