Kanchi links of interest + Understanding Dalits

Kanchipuram area and history
Decent bio site

Background of why current situation is relevant to crusade, and location is strategic:

(excerpt) HISTORIANS relate the segregation of a section of people in Tamil Nadu as “outcastes” and “untouchables” to the process of Aryanisation of southern India. Dalit isolation grew in intensity in pace with this process. “The Aryanisation of the South was doubtless a slow process spread over several centuries. Beginning probably about 1000 B.C., it had reached its completion before the time of Katyayana, the grammarian of the 4th century B.C., who mentions the names of the Tamil countries of the extreme south.” (K.A. Nilakanta Sastri, A History of South India)

In his Slavery in the Tamil Country: A Historical Overview, historian S. Manickam observes: “It is difficult to say when the institution of slavery originated in the South. Perhaps the conquest of southern India by the Aryans and the consequent fusion between them and the inhabitants of the land could have been the possible cause of the birth of Caste System and the institution of slavery which is closely allied with the former.”

City and seer key in history of caste system. From AICC
Understanding untouchability (Dalit oppression)

Understanding the local politics and current upheaval:
German news story with good background on controversy of nov/2004 arrest
Charge sheet outlining reason for arrest of high priest last year. (story)
case updates for those interested
Analysis of case developments and defence of Swami by reasonable Hindu apologist

I’ll make more updates if i can, but I welcome more links that you feel are relevant. Post them in comments.

2 Comments to “Kanchi links of interest + Understanding Dalits”

  1. Indi-Andy Says:

    read this!

  2. Indi-Andy Says:

    This is especially important… Freedom through Chist has real tangible results. and the trend that has kept freedom for millions in India elusive is well outlined here:

    Point# 5. Bonded Labour and Caste Discrimination

    Poverty and landlessness, combined with feudal or semi-feudal servile relationships between classes of people are universal factors in debt bondage. In India, the socially-imposed segregation of society into a caste hierarchy is an over-arching feature of all social and economic relations. The vast majority of bonded labourers belong to “scheduled castes” or “scheduled tribes”, and are placed at the very bottom of the social order. Such people are considered “untouchable” by ruling castes. Given that an overwhelming majority of those responsible for implementation of the abolition process - from state government officials to District Magistrates, to members of Vigilance Committees - come from the higher castes, it is hardly surprising that they show little enthusiasm for the abolition of bonded labour.

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