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Casteism and Human Rights: Toward an Ontology of the Social Order Sebastian Velassery

Casteism and Human Rights: Toward an Ontology of the Social Order

Sebastian Velassery

Published January 1st 2005
ISBN : 9789812104281
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229 pages
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This book seeks to understand the contextual nature of casteism, its bearing upon the issue of human rights, its dynamics and its philosophical meaning. In the first chapter, the origin and development of casteism is assessed and analyzed, howMoreThis book seeks to understand the contextual nature of casteism, its bearing upon the issue of human rights, its dynamics and its philosophical meaning. In the first chapter, the origin and development of casteism is assessed and analyzed, how casteism caused and provided an ethos that favored a philosophy of exclusion, backed and sanctified by certain metaphysical postulates. Following that, the author answers three crucial questions regarding the human person with the view of situating the substratum of Dalit-Sudra consciousness. In the third chapter, the issue of human rights is studied from the Indian philosophical and ethical perspectives via the doctrines of Dharma and Rta. The fourth chapter posits an inquiry into the role of religions with regard to the issue of human rights. Religions like Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity were taken into consideration for this scrutiny. An analysis was also carried out on the positive and negative contributions that these religions h