One of the prominent aspects of economic, political and social relations revolves around the issues of inequality based on class, caste, race and gender. In the context of India, caste based politics has always remained in the forefront. But during the last two decades, the assertion of the people from low castes including the Dalits has assumed unprecedented significance. The Dalit question is one of the most important questions in today’s political and academic debates in India. Dalit assertion, Dalit leadership and voting pattern of the Dalits etc., are the elements of these debates. This paper is also an attempt to understand the social structure of our society and the legal and social position of Dalits in reference to the time period.
Indian Social System, Varna Vyawastha, Shudras, Dalits, SC/ST