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JAMMU: Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Jammu organised a public talk on ‘Situating Chandals and Dooms in the Early Medieval Social Order of Kashmir’ by Prof Shaym Narain Lal, Department of History, University of Jammu.
In his address, Prof Shaym Narain Lal stressed that system of untouchability emerged with early caste system in India and was practiced with varying degree everywhere and also their relation with Brahmins was different at different places. Chandals were originally aboriginal tribes having their own dialects. By 3rd century BC they were pushed to the margins and those who came in contact with them also had to forgo their class and status in the society.
Rajtarangni has details about the Chandals and Dooms who in Kashmir during medieval period were not considered out cast. He gave an impressive account of narratives related to that period.
Prof Anita Billawaria, Dean, Social Sciences was the Chief Guest on the occasion. She appreciated the efforts of the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy to organise such interactions which encourage the young scholars to get abreast with the status and conditions of the marginal in the society.
Earlier, Prof Jasbir Singh, Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy welcomed the guests and audience and presented a detail report of the works undertaken by the Centre.
Dr Anupama Vohra introduced the speaker of the day.
The function was attended by Prof Neeru Sharma, Prof Suman Jamwal, Prof Vishav Raksha, Dr. Aroon Sharma, Dr Anju Thappa, Dr Sunita Sharama, Dr Hema Gandotra, Dr Virender Koudal, Rahul Koundal, Shahnawaz, Shagun and Shiv Dutt.
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