Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India

Written by: Narendra Jadhav

Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India Book Cover
Every sixth human being in the world today is an Indian, and every sixth Indian is an untouchable. For thousands of years the untouchables, or Dalits, the people at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, have been treated as subhuman. Their story has rarely been told. This remarkable book achieves something altogether unprecedented: it gives voice to India's voiceless.
In Untouchables, Narendra Jadhav tells the awe-inspiring story of his family's struggle for equality and justice in India. While most Dalits had accepted their lowly position as fate, Jadhav's father rebelled against the oppressive caste system and fought against all odds to forge for his children a destiny that was never ordained.
Based on his father's diaries and family stories, Jadhav has written the triumphant story of his parents -- their great love, unwavering courage, and eventual victory in the struggle to free themselves and their children from the caste system. Jadhav vividly brings his parents' world to light and unflinchingly documents the life of untouchables -- the hunger, the cruel humiliations, the perpetual fear and brutal abuse.
Compelling and deeply compassionate, Untouchables is a son's tribute to his parents, an illuminating chronicle of one of the most important moments in Indian history, and an eye-opening work of nonfiction that gives readers access and insight into the lives of India's 165 million Dalits, whose struggle for equality continues even today.
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Untouchables My Familys Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India Reviews

Kate
What I learned from this book... all about the life in the lowest Indian caste. It's a compelling family story about rising from the life society dictates into a life of your own creation. Without education... this family never would have made it out.
Kristen Iworsky
The author writes simply, and there's no great description, etc. but the book works. I think it helps to have been in India and understand the country and her people. The addendum by his daughter was a joke.
Dana
This book was so well written, I kept forgetting this was a true story.
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Monika
very good insight into the culture and rules of the caste system in India. very enlightening.
Linden
True story of one Dalit family who rises beyond its birth status. Very interesting account of how Dalits were treated. Nonfiction.
Barbarawiley
Interesting story and you learn a great deal about the caste system in India. It is discouraging that every culture seems to need to create cultural systems where some people are looked down upon.
Susie
I learned a lot about the caste system in India. For that reason, I would recommend this book.
Sheetal
Interesting read. Talks about the issues across 3-4 generations in a memoir style.
Rita
I learned quite a bit about the Dalit, or downtrodden, of India. This book is about a family whose father refuses to accept their position in the caste system, and successfully climbs out of it.
Martha
Really interesting account of a family's overcoming their caste by education.
Andrell
Tear-jerking... my first non-fiction exposure to cultures outside the U.S. My aunt had me read it.
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