This book is the result of more than three decades' worth of experience working with Dalits, belonging to multi-faith communities Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists. It came to be written as response to Dalit oppressive historical context as well as to the newly added factor politics globalization. It is a combination of the most important ingredients any liberation theology, viz.
Massey is the translator of the Punjabi Bible and has authored and edited more than 20 A theology of liberation: history. Dalits were forced to adopt the 'culture of silence' for centuries by the so-called upper caste people, but today they have broken their silence.
Behind this breaking-up of the culture of silence, there have been many liberative forces working for a long time. A theology of liberation: history efforts continued all through the history since then, and was upheld and sustained by many including various Hindu Bhakti movements, Christian and missionary movements, Muslim Sufi movement and teachings of Sikh Gurus till it reached the present times under the leadership of Dr.
Ambedkar, himself a Dalit.
Ambedkar was indeed the first representative voice of the Dalits and helped in giving a positive shape to the movement. Today thousands of Dalits and non-Dalits are keenly involved in this movement.
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This book on 'Dalit theology' is part of the same liberative process. Inspite of all these efforts the Dalits till date do not have a common 'ideology' or a 'theology' from a theology of liberation: history perspective 'Dalit theology'which can become a basis of the struggle for their total liberation. The common ideology or Dalit theology can be the binding force and and salvation bring about a solidarity among various groups of Dalits, which certainly they need for their improvement to carry on their struggle for liberation. This book is part of the effort to fill this gap. The book itself in the present form is result of, almost three decades of the reflective experience of the author.
He entered into the process of doing theology from the Dalit perspective from the mid s onwards.]