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Books written by Gail Omvedt

Gail Omvedt was a prominent American-born Indian sociologist, writer, and activist known for her work on caste, gender, and social justice issues in India. She authored several books during her lifetime. Here are some of her notable books:

  1. “Cultural Revolt in a Colonial Society: The Non-Brahman Movement in Western India” (1976) – In this book, Omvedt examines the Non-Brahman movement in Western India, which challenged Brahminical dominance and sought social justice.
  2. “We Shall Smash This Prison!: Indian Women in Struggle” (1980) – This book explores the role of women in various social and political movements in India, highlighting their contributions and struggles.
  3. “Dalits and the Democratic Revolution: Dr. Ambedkar and the Dalit Movement in Colonial India” (1994) – Omvedt discusses the life and work of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a key figure in the Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) movement, and the Dalit struggle for social and political rights.
  4. “Reinventing Revolution: New Social Movements and the Socialist Tradition in India” (1993) – This book examines the emergence of new social movements in India and their relationship with socialist and communist ideologies.
  5. “Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India” (2004) – Omvedt’s biography of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar provides a comprehensive overview of his life, struggles, and contributions to Indian society.
  6. “Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond” (2011) – In this book, Omvedt delves into the historical evolution of the caste system in India and its contemporary relevance.
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