Reading List: Caste Related

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The thing about the caste system is that we think we get it, having read a paragraph on the four divisions in our school history books. That paragraph itself talks of it in historical context. It tells of a division that was made. It doesn’t talk of repercussions. The Civics book conveniently focused on the Right to Equality given by constitution. The missing links are safely forgotten and buried. Caste system exists everywhere. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we will be able to do something about it.

What we read and write shapes our world. If you want to learn more about caste related issues, here is a reading list.

I have read some from this list but plenty are remaining to be read. I am sure there are others out there like me.

Academic reading

  1. Annihilation of Caste by B.R Ambedkar( and all his other works)
  2. Gulamgiri by Jyotirao Phule
  3. Why I am not a Hindu by Kancha Illiah Shephard
  4. Writing caste/writing gender by Sharmila Rege
  5. The Persistence of Caste by Anand Teltumbde


  1. Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
  2. Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla
  3. Samskara by U N Ananthamurthy
  4. Jhoothan by Om Prakash Valmiki
  5. Sadgati by Munshi Premchand
  6. Murdahiya by Dr. Tulsiram
  7. Achhoot by Dayaa Pawar
  8. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  9. Nine lives by Dalrymple
  10. Untouchable Spring by G Kalyana Rao
  11. Thakur Ka Kuan by Munshi Premchand
  12. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  13. A Word With You, World by Siddalingaiah
  14. The Story of Felanee by Arupa Patanga Kalita
  15. Savitribai Phule and I by Sangeeta Mulay
  16. Caste Matters by Suraj Yengde
  17. Coming Out as Dalit by Yashica Dutt
  18. Weave of My Life by Urmila Pawar
  19. A Space of Her Own by Leela Gulati,
  20. The Outcaste (Akkarmashi) by Sharankumar Limbale
  21. BHIMAYANA by Shakti Batra
  22. Strike a Blow to Change the World by Eknath Awad
  23. Caste is not a Rumour by Rohith Vemula
  24. The Ferment: Youth Unrest in India by Nikhila Henry
  25. Steel Nibs Are Sprouting by Susie Tharu
  26. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  27. Everybody Loves a Good Drought by P Sainath
  28. Adrishya Bharat by Bhasha Singh
  29. The Adivasi Will Not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
  30. My Father Baliah by YB Satyanarayana
  31. Father May Be an Elephant and Mother Only a Small Basket, But… by Gogu Shyamala
  32. Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

While these are not books, but they are worth reading

Indira Sahwney v Union of India
The Mandal Commission Report (Part-1)(Part-2).


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