Dalits and the Democratic Revolution
Dr. Ambedkar and the Dalit Movement in Colonial India
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.