Dalit Critiques of Hinduism
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“I had the misfortune of being born with the stigma of [being] an Untouchable. However, it is not my fault; but I will not die a Hindu, for this is in my power” (B.R. Ambedkar [see Zelliot, 1992, 206]).

Debates on Nomenclature

Dalit” (meaning downtrodden, broken, torn into pieces) was first used in the context of caste by Jotirao Govindrao Phule (1827-1890), the leade…

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Roger Begrich & Shalini Randeria, “Dalit Critiques of Hinduism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000156>
First published online: 2012



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