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Title: Development of a dalit self: vasant moon and the aura of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
Other Titles: SOCIAL TRENDS Vol. 7, 31 March 2020, p 10-27
Authors: Biswas, Saswati
Keywords: Dalits
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2020
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The development of self and a sociological approach to the study of self-identity are informed by mutual relationship between self and the society. The former impacts the society through individual actions reflected in the working of groups, organizations and institutions. Society on the other hand influences the individual through shared meanings and values which enables one to participate in social action and reflect upon oneself as the other. In the case of India where the Hindu society considers a group of people as avarnas also referred to as dalits or untouchables there is a great deal of complexity and layering in the interaction between self and society. The selves of the dalits evolve in constant interaction with the wider society through the complexities which till today are characterized by a great degree of exploitation and humiliation exercised by the upper castes. In this paper an attempt has been made to study the life of Vasant Moon which shows how a dalit person overcame the obstacles of life and evolved as a worthy member of his community under the influence of B.R Ambedkar who inspired and moulded the lives of innumerable dalits of a whole generation.
ISSN: 2348-6538
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