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Gandhi Against Caste

Nishikant Kolge


In 1909, while still in South Africa, Gandhi publicly decried the caste system for its inequalities. Shortly after his return to India though, he spoke of the generally beneficial aspects of caste. Gandhi’s writings on caste reflect contradictory views and his critics accuse him of neglecting the unequal socio-economic structure that relegated Dalits to the bottom of the caste hierarchy. So, did Gandhi endorse the fourfold division of the Indian society or was he truly against caste? In this book, Nishikant Kolge investigates the entire range of what Gandhi said or wrote about caste divisions ... More

Keywords: Gandhi, strategy, untouchability, caste system, varna, inter-dining, inter-caste marriage, Gandhi’s ashrams, Congress, non-cooperation movement, Quit India Movement, Anti-Caste Movement, Social Reform Movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199474295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199474295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nishikant Kolge, author
Assistant Professor, Tripura University, India.