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This paper explores Mahatma Gandhi's opposition to the Hindu caste system in India, with particular emphasis on the exclusion of the "Untouchables" from society. It also considers his divergence from accepted Hindu tradition on this issue despite being a devout Hindu himself. The paper continues by presenting Gandhi's argument against this practice, giving new terminology for this group and citing additional research about colonial India. The paper also shows the weaknesses in Gandhi's argument in favor of protecting the "untouchables." The paper concludes by look at the current political advances of this lowest caste in Indian society.
From the Paper:"When looking at Gandhi's argument that untouchability was a man made concept Gandhi's arguments are supported by some experts who track the colonial desire of understanding through labeling and classification foreign cultures. Charsley's 1996 work titled Untouchability: What's in a Name? traces the colonial interest of Sir Herbert Risley to the concept and name given to the castes but most notably the untouchable title given to the poorest of the region. The expert traces through the work of Charsley the stratified observational styling of the British colonial regional managers as they reported back to Risley about the "caste" systems in their various precincts."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Charsley, Simon. "'Untouchable': What Is in a Name." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2.1 (1996): 1.
- Gandhi, Mahatma, "Untouchability" in Fisher, Mary & Bailey, Lee eds. An Anthology of Living Religions. New York: Prentice Hall. 2000, 84-85.
- Ninian, Alex. "India's Untouchables: The Dalits." Contemporary Review Summer 2008: 186.
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