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Volume 2 Issue 8

January 2016

The Discrimination of Dalits in Indian Society with reference to Harish Mangalamís The Light of Darkness
Mr. Alkesh Pravinchandra Trivedi, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Gujarat Power Engineering & Research Institute, 
Mevad, Mehsana, Gujarat, India
Indian society is made up of different castes and various religions. India was identified as Hindustan as Hindus have been living here since last many years. Since the advent of Vedas and Upanishads, Indian society has been categorized into four divisions which is called as Varnashrams. This is the basic root of discrimination in Indian society. As per this system, Brahmins were highly respected in society and so they were allotted the work of teaching, Kshatriyas were supposed to fight the war and protect the society and kingdom, Vaishyas were supposed to do the activity of trade and commerce and last the Shudras were given the work of cleaning and removing the garbage and other waste as they were considered as lower caste in Hindu society. This was the beginning of discrimination in Indian society. Because of this Varnashram system the Dalits are being discriminated at every level in society. Social, educational and economic discrimination towards Dalits can easily be seen in Indian society. This social imbalance gradually affects the overall growth of the society and nation. The upper caste rich people become richer day by day and the oppressed Dalit people who are poor since last many years have remained poor even at the present time. They have been intentionally marginalized in the society by other upper caste people. The evil of untouchability still prevails in Indian society.
Harish Mangalam; The Light of Darkness; Gujarati Dalit Literature.
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