by Mahatma Phule
Slavery was written around 1900 as an expose on the caste system in India. As a reformer and social activist, Phule (along with his wife) advocated for women’s education and sought to bring light on the devastating “slavery of the mind” which enabled the upper caste peoples (particularly the Brahmin caste) to control and continue impoverishment of the vast majority of Indian people using the Hindu religion.
Ambedkar, one of the father’s of India independence (author of the Indian constitution and himself a dalit … aka Untouchable), condemned the Hindu religion which he referred to as Brahminism … essentially the worship of Brahmins.
I have included PDFs of the Slavery book as, although I have a hard copy, it is no longer in print and very hard to find. I found this copy on-line, but the website which published it is quite unreliable.
Related posts on the India caste system:
Slavery by Mahatma Phule
DEDICATED TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES
AS A TOKEN OF ADMIRATION FOR THEIR SUBLIME DISINTERESTED AND SELF SACRIFICING DEVOTION
in the cause of Negro slavery;
and with an earnest desire,
that my countrymen may take their noble
examples as their guide in the emancipation
of their Sudra Brethren from
the trammels of Brahmin thraldom.
- Part I
- Part II
- Part III
- Part IV (missing – if you have e-version, please note in comments)
- Part V
- Part VI
- Phule Bio
Please post comments on what you think of this and whether it is relevant for today.