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A Reinterpretation of Buddhism

of Buddhism Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste by Gail Omvedt; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2003; pp xiii+314, Rs 350.
LAXMAN SATYA This is a longue duree history of Buddhism from its origin in the sixth century BCE to the present. More precisely, it is a study of the conflict between Buddhism and brahmanism from the dalitbahujan perspective. As the title suggests, the sweep of the analysis is quite challenging. The author contends that the past two and half millennia of Indian history is shaped by the above conflict that not only challenged but also undermined the caste system on which the entire edifice of brahminical ideology was based. Although this conflict systematically began with Buddha

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