Dalits and the Democratic Revolution

Dr. Ambedkar and the Dalit Movement in Colonial India

Gail Omvedt


Sage, 1994

Language: English

348 pages

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This important book traces the history of the Dalit movement from its beginning in the 19th century to the death of its most famous leader, B.R. Ambedkar, in 1956. Focusing on three states – Andhra, Maharashtra and Karnataka – Dr. Omvedt analyses the ideology and organization of the movement and its interaction both with the freedom struggle (particularly with Gandhi and Gandhism) and the 'class' struggles of the workers and peasants (and their dominant ideology – Marxism). She also provides a historical account of the origin and development of the caste system.

Gail Omvedt

Gail Omvedt (born 2 August 1941) is an American-born Indian scholar who has written extensively on caste and Dalit politics. She is the author of Dalits and the Democratic Revolution (1994), Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste (2003) and Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India (2004), among other books.