Ambedkar's Ideology as a Source for the Study of Dalits


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Shashidhar, M. (2014) Ambedkar's Ideology as a Source for the Study of Dalits. European Academic Research, 2 (4). ISSN 2286-4822


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In modern times, history in order to be understood as a science was perceived to be based on facts. Facts were to be found in the documents. Therefore, Langlois and Seignobos had come to the conclusion that documents were the be all and end all of history. However, historians have realized that this statement of history has grave limitation as it documents only the elites. To overcome the limitation imposed by the documents historians today have resorted to alternative sources which are based on traditions, folklore, ballads, which give a contrary picture to that of official one. In this context since the history related to the dalits was rarely recorded, writing their history proved to be a challenge. Today, in the writing of dalit history there are alternative sources that are available for the historian. Dr. B.R Ambedkar has provided many leads to the issue and the statistics that he has generated over the course of his study has rendered any research on dalits a starting point in the understanding of their history.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambedkar Ideology; Dalit History; Caste System; Brahmanical Texts; Division of Labour
Subjects: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Social Sciences > History
Divisions: Jnana Bharathi / Central College Campus > Department of History
Depositing User: Mr. Narayanaswamy B V
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 06:35
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 06:35

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