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1 Stephen Fuchs
At the Bottom of Indian Society: The Harijan and Other Low Castes
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1981; 8121502055 / 9788121502054; First Edition; Hardbound; New; New; 
In recent years the Harijan problem has become very acute in India's social and political life. The problem of caste and untouchability has been discussed from various viewpoints, not always with due impartiality and a thorough knowledge of the facts. It gives a new explanation for the origin of caste and untouchability, dating it back to the pre-Indian past of the Aryans and Dravidians. It contributes greatly to a better knowledge of the Harijans by a short description and characterisation of all the individual Harijan castes throughout India. Such a study had never been undertaken before. This study of the Harijans has enabled the author to arrive at new conclusion hitherto rarely mentioned in the literature on caste and untouchability: 1. The problem of untouchability originated among the high castes. Therefore, for the abolition of untouchability, the high-castes must be tackled first. They must be convinced that untouchability is to their own economic and social disadvantage. So far reformers have attacked the problem at the wrong end: by trying to "uplift" the Harijans. No wonder they failed. 2. The Indian high-castes are not consistent in linking untouchability with certain "impure" occupations. The stigma of untouchability is attached to certain trades in one region, while in other regions workers in the same trade are not excluded from the Hindu fold. 3. Various trades, ritually pure and impure, are closely connected in Indian economy. This explains why certain trades, though apparently ritually pure, yet can be carried out only by untouchables. The conclusions presented in the present book may have important practical implications for the abolition of untouchability and thus for the solution of a national problem which causes so much political unrest and untold suffering to vast masses of the Indian population, at the same time blackening the fair image of the Indian nation in the world. Printed Pages: 334. 014388

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2 Stephen Fuchs
Godmen on the Warpath: A Study of Messianic Movements in India
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1992; 81-215-0536-2; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Ever since the highly civilised powers took it in mind, to "colonise" primitive peoples and to "uplift" them culturally, their efforts, even if well intended, turned disastrous for the colonised. The actual results were wholesale oppression and exploitation, even physical annihilation. The surviving primitive peoples usually suffered a complete break-down of their original culture and a total confusion of their traditional values. But after a certain time the colonised peoples felt the desires for a revival of their pristine way of life-the old traditional values asserted themselves. Yet due to their predominantly magical world-outlook this revitalisation often took an esoteric turn. It also required a leader allegedly possessed with superhuman powers and in close contact with the ancestors or old gods-a Messiah or Saviour. Such revival movements arose all over the world wherever high civilisations clashed with primitive cultures. It is to the credit of the author of Godmen on the Warpath, to have discovered numerous such "messianic" movements in India and to have described them here. Another important and eminently practical result of the author's analysis of such movements is that he convincingly proves that wherever their leaders were able to guide their followers to a gradual and peaceful amalgamation of the new with the original beliefs and practices of the colonised peoples they were largely successful. But here the godmen yielded to the temptation to liberate their people by violent means, they generally were defeated, with disastrous consequences for their people. Printed Pages: 348. 002598

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3 Severine Silva and Stephen Fuchs
The Marriage Customs of the Christians in South Canara, India; and Folktales of the Gond and Baiga in Eastern Mandla
The Indian Branch of the Anthropos Institute; Bombay, India; First Edition; Paperback; Very Good; 
Printed pages: 116. Chipped cover. 026400

Price: 75.00 USD
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4 Stephen Fuchs
The Origin of Man and His Culture
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1983; 8121501431 / 9788121501439; First Edition; Hardbound; New; New; 
The book is meant to give a concise yet full introduction to the physical origin of man and the early history of his culture. In it Anthropology is treated as a historical discipline, since the course of cultural development is to a large extent subject to man's will and creativity. But the functional, sociological and psychological methods of dealing with the whole range of Anthropological data are thereby not rejected or ignored. The book tries to show how primitive peoples, arrested at various stages of cultural development since prehistoric times, give us a more or less adequate picture of the ways and phases of human development and cultural progress. A further merit of this book is that it tries, wherever possible, to furnish illustrations from Indian sources for its general theories. Thus Indian students of Anthropology have the opportunity of acquiring a knowledge of the general principles of the discipline and at the same time a sound knowledge of the peoples and cultures of India; whereas foreign text-books so far largely in use on Indian universities tend to ignore the Indian evidence. The exposition has been kept as lucid as possible without unnecessary resort to technical jargon so that both students of the subject as well as the general reader may derive the maximum benefit from reading about the origin of man and the development of his culture. Printed Pages: 300. 018725

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