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 Christophe JAFFRELOT

Christophe JAFFRELOT is a researcher at the FNSP-CNRS (Studies Center and International Research) as well as the Editor of International Critic. He teaches South Asian politics at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He is the author of several books on India.
His last book describes and analyses the part that Ambedkar played in India. We met him so that he could present this character: a pioneer in the untouchables' struggle for dignity in India.

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 Josiane and Jean-Luc RACINE

After having been century-long victims of oppression and condemned to illiteracy, the Dalits understood that one of the means for emancipation was education. In her life story, confided to Josiane and Jean-Luc Racine, Viramma, a dalit field worker in the Pondicherry area, tells of her hopes in education for her son Anbin, her only son who, with his two sisters, was the only of her twelve children to survive.

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 Guy SORMAN As I write these words, the President of the Indian Republic comes from a cast of untouchables. Does that mean that there are no more casts or pariahs in India ?

 Alphonse MANICKAM

Alphonse MANICKAM is a Jesuit priest of Tamil origin. He was born in a small Dalit village. Unlike other members of his cast, he was able to study at university. Thanks to his studies, he is now a history teacher in one of India's best universities. At the moment he is finishing his doctorate at the Sorbonne. Back in India he will be looked upon as a Dalit, an untouchable. But according to him "no one is untouchable". His personal testimony, given to us in this interview, can help us to understand the interest of the creation of Dalit movement in South India. He also underlines the importance of education for all. And finally he shows that the fight for respect and human dignity of the Dalits is a social fight and not a religious one because in India "caste is more important than religion".

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