Review on Growth of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in Medieval India by Dr K S Lal. [#Thread ] #History #india #scheduledtribe #scheduledcaste #caste #indic #civilization #Hindus #hinduism #SanatanDharma #medieval #bharat
This well researched book is a gem for all those who are curious to learn the actual state of the present day STs/SCs during Medieval Ages, especially in Hindu Society.
It challenges and devastates the false extreme narrative built first by colonial Western Indologists and later popularised by Marxists Historians, that Hindu upper castes used to unleash unimaginable amount of inhuman atrocities on lower castes..
.. and hence are the major reason for the widespread poverty among lower castes.

It focuses on following salient points which the historian has quite lucidly & convincingly proved based by countless primary sources from contemporary times and recent research post independence:-
1. The primary reason for rapid increase in massive number of SCs and STs in medieval india is large scale fleeing of city and village dwellers to deep forests and mountains, on account of oppressive Islamic tax collectors and rulers...
.. Upon staying disconnected from their original culture, these fleeing communities developed new set of own rites, rituals etc which shaped their new culture in forests.
2. Upper & Lower castes has always fought shoulder to shoulder against the Islamic invasions, for the Islamic forces did not distinguish between the difference castes/classes in Hindi society.
.. Hence, there tenet commanded them to look down on all as kaafirs, deserving to be force converted or butchered mercilessly.
3. Statistics say while mostly the upper caste converted under different circumstances, the lower caste had pride in their culture and community and avoided adopting Islam during Medieval Ages.
4. Untouchablity was primarily due to the abhorrence of most of Hindus population towards anybody who takes beef or any similar animal, irrespective of caste, religion etc. (including Westerners and Islamists)
5. Restrictions on entry of lower castes into temples was never a widespread phenomenon. In the book, the author has talked about the basic design of most of the temples in India which does not allow much of public space for masses..
.. and thus restricts most of the population in the city or village in its premises...
However, in all public events like Rath Yatra, or any event where God or Goddess is taken around in a religious procession, there is no historical evidence of any restrictions on basis of caste or creed.
6. Most importantly, it should be noted whatever disabilities we read about imposed on lower castes, it is primarily due to the foreign regimes who caused it through their religious, social and political discriminations and atrocious polices towards Hindus in general.
7. In those times too like now, there were some orthodox narrow minded Who discriminated against lower castes but such population was alway minimal and their action was never in vogue.
Overall, quite informative and thought provoking book by Dr K S Lal. A must for young minds who have set in search of nothing but the truth regarding our Sanatan Civilisation.
My review can be also accessed in Goodreads here - goodreads.com/review/show/31…
Disclaimer: Uploaded the wrong photo instead of K S Lal’s . Please ignore the same and read through the matter. Thanks to @limitlessarya ji 🙏for pointing it out.

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