By Douglas E. Haynes
The booklet addresses problems with value to historians and anthropologists of India, to political scientists trying to comprehend the origins of democracy within the "Third World," and common readers drawn to comprehending methods of cultural swap in colonial contexts.
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He protects and sustains all that is good in the world. He is usually depicted with C OM One of Hinduism’s most venerated symbols is ‘Om’. Pronounced ‘aum’, it’s a highly propitious mantra (sacred word or syllable). The ‘three’ shape symbolises the creation, maintenance and destruction of the universe (and thus the holy Trimurti). The inverted chandra (crescent or half moon) represents the discursive mind and the bindu (dot) within it, Brahman. Buddhists believe that, if repeated often enough with complete concentration, it will lead to a state of blissful emptiness.
The word ‘pariah’ is derived from the name of a Tamil Dalit group, the Paraiyars. Some Dalit leaders, such as the late Dr Ambedkar, sought to change their status by adopting another faith; in his case it was Buddhism. At the bottom of the social heap are the Denotified Tribes. They were known as the Criminal Tribes until 1952, when a reforming law officially recognised 198 tribes and castes. Many are nomadic or seminomadic tribes, forced by the wider community to eke out a living on society’s fringes.
He set up the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, which was innovative for its admission of Untouchables. Within a year, Gandhi had won his first victory, defending farmers in Bihar from exploitation. This was when he first received the title ‘Mahatma’ (Great Soul) from an admirer. The passage of the discriminatory Rowlatt Acts (which allowed certain political cases to be tried without juries) in 1919 spurred him to further action and he organised a national protest. In the days that followed this hartal (strike), feelings ran high throughout the country.