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The continuous demand for Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens (2003) led to this revised edition which analyses the recent socio-economic and political changes that have taken place. Caste-based marriage and control over women's sexuality have been crucial for the continuation of the caste system in India. Thus, caste and gender are linked. Brutal reprisals have followed when dalits and women have tried to challenge caste-based marriage and inequality which allots strict rules of conduct for women and all dalits.

Caste and Gender in Contemporary India
Caste and gender in contemporary india

Even before India became independent the caste question had fractured the representation of a consensus in the national movement: the leadership of Gandhi had been unchallenged in the main except for Ambedkar and to an extent by Periyar. The dalit view of post-independent Indian society had led to a major confrontation between Gandhi and Ambedkar. The critical difference could be seen in the issues raised by the two respectively—for Gandhiji the campaign against caste discrimination was focussed on the temple-entry movement, for Ambedkar it was the discrimination in the very access to a life-giving resource such as water, which the dalits were ...

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