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By Srividya Natarajan

ISBN-10: 8189059467

ISBN-13: 9788189059460

Jotirao Govindrao Phule wrote Slavery (Gulamgiri) a scathing and witty assault on Brahmanism and the slavery of India s reduce castes that it engendered. not like Indian nationalists, Phule (1827-1890) observed the British as those who might tame the neighborhood elite the Brahmans who wielded energy easily at the foundation of start. encouraged by way of Thomas Paine s Rights of guy and the beliefs of Enlightenment philosophers, Phule fixed a critique of the Vedas as idle fantasies of the Brahman brain. With the target of releasing the Sudras and Atisudras, he based the Satyashodak Samaj (Society of Truthseekers).

Phule committed Slavery to the nice humans of the us as a token of admiration for his or her elegant, disinterested and self-sacrificing devotion within the explanation for Negro Slavery. Written within the kind of a discussion among Dhondiba and Jotiba such as Buddha s Suttas, of Socrates dialogues Slavery lines the heritage of Brahman domination in India, and examines the factors for and targets of the harsh and inhuman legislation framed via the Brahmans.

This innovative textual content continues to be correct this day, and given Phule s quite photo mind's eye lends itself nearly obviously to photo paintings. Srividya Natarajan and Aparajita Ninan additionally weave within the tale of Savitribai, Jotiba s spouse and associate in his struggles, who begun a college for ladies in Pune in 1848, regardless of social opprobrium.

this is often possibly the 1st time historic paintings of nonfiction has been interpreted as a photograph booklet in India.

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