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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 …

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Begrich & Shalini Randeria, Roger, “Dalit Critiques of Hinduism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 24 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000156>
First published online: 2018



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