Omvedt, Gail

Cultural revolt in a colonial society: the non-Brahman movement in Western India - New Delhi Manohar 2011 - 331 p.

The colonial period saw important social movements in India. Among the strongest of these was non-Brahman movement in Maharashtra. Its founder was a remarkable intellectual and social activist from the gardener (Mali) caste, Jotirao Phule (1827-90). Shahu Maharaja, the Maratha maharaja of Kolhapur, who turned against Brahmans because they considered him a shudra, and became radicalized from this, was a major patron. The heyday of the movement took place between 1910 and 1930, when the Satyashodhak Samaj carried the message of anti-caste anti-Brahmanism throughout Maharashtra; one of its offshoots was a strong peasant movement. (


Caste - India - Maharashtra (State)
Maharashtra (India) - Social conditions

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