Every sixth human being in the world today is an Indian, and every sixth Indian is an untouchable. For thousands of years the untouchables, or Dalits, the people at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, have been treated as subhuman. In this remarkable book, at last giving voice to India's voiceless, Narendra Jadhav tells the awe-inspiring story of his family's struggle for equality and justice in India. Based on his father's diaries and family stories, Jadhav has written the triumphant story of his parents - their great love, unwavering courage, and eventual victory in the struggle to free themselves and their children from the caste system. He vividly brings his parents' world to light and unflinchingly documents the lives of untouchables - the hunger, the cruel humiliations, the perpetual fear, and the brutal abuse. "Untouchables" is an eye-opening work that gives readers insight into the lives of India's 165 million Dalits, whose struggle for equality continues even today.
University of California Press
Ratings & Reviews
3 Ratings &
INSIGHTFUL, HONEST, UNPUTDOWNABLE ... JUST BRILLIANT
First Things FIRST!
Who should buy a book costing around 1K and read about the triumphant fight that a poor illiterate "DAMU JADHAV" put forth for ensuring that his children get good education? Well! I did and quite impressed by the writing style of Dr. Narender Jadhav. What surprises me is the detailing and way of dividing two perspectives. "DAMU" and "SONU" speak from their heart; their struggle, pains, gains, moments of glory are weaved nicely to make an interesting read. Go for it if you...