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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])

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

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Begrich & Shalini Randeria, Roger, “Dalit Critiques of Hinduism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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