Tradition of exclusion

Print edition : May 13, 2016

A 14th century image of Andal, the Alwar saint. With the bhakti traditions, women begin to get agency.

In history, untouchables, be they men or women, sudras or tribal people, were not meant to enter sacred precincts. Notions of purity and pollution were invoked to camouflage their social exploitation and economic deprivation.
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