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Satya Sodhak Samaj

In Poona, Jyotirao Phooley, though a Mali by caste and of comparatively little education started the association called the Satyashodhak Samaj in 1873 for asserting the worth of man irrespective of caste. He demanded representation of all classes of the Hindus in all the local bodies, in services and institutions and also established a primary school for the so-called untouchables in Poona.

Tracing the evolution of the NonBrahmin movement in Western India from 1873 to 1930 the Satya Sodhak Samaj has been described by Gail Omvedt as a cultural revolt in a colonial society. But there is a clear distinction between Satyasodhak movement, which was essentially a socio-religious movement, and the non-Brahmin movement, which was predominantly a political movement.

  • Principles of Satya Sodhak Samaj

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