Early Radical Thought
- Ravidas, Begumpura (circa 16th Century) (see also Gail Omvedt’s Seeking Begumpura, and the blog of the same name).
Radical Thought During the Colonial Times
- Tarabai Shinde, Stri-Purush Tulna (1882).
- Doctor Rakhmabai, ‘Letters to the Times of India under the pseudonym, ‘A Hindu Lady’ (1885) (extracted in this book).
- Pandita Ramabi, The High Caste Hindu Woman (1888).
- Uma Chakravarti, Rewriting History: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai (2013).
- Indian National Congress Report, ‘Women’s Role in the Planned Economy’ (1938).
- Maitrayee Chaudhary, ‘Citizens, Workers, and Emblems of Culture‘ (1995).
- Periyar, Why Were Women Enslaved? (1942)
- Tanika Sarkar & Sumit Sarkar (eds.), Women and Social Reform in Modern India.
- Kumkum Sangari & Sudesh Vaid (eds.), Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History.
B. Caste and Social Equality
- Savitribai Phule, Poems (1854)
- Mukta Salve, ‘About the Grief of the Mangs and the Mahars‘ (1855).
- Jyotirao Phule, Ghulamgiri (“Slavery“) (1873) [Preface available online]
- Jyotirao Phule, Shetkaryaka Asud (“The Cultivator’s Whipcord”) (1881)
- Gail Omvedt, ‘The Struggle for Social Justice and the Expansion of the Public Sphere’, in this book.
- Mangoo Ram and the Ad-Dharm Movement (1920s)
- Mark Juergensmeyer, Religious Rebels in Punjab: The Ad Dharm Challenge to Caste.
- B.R. Ambedkar, The Annihilation of Caste (1935)
- Gail Omvedt, Cultural Revolt in a Colonial Society.
- Rosalind O’Hanlon, Caste, Conflict, and Ideology.
C. Constitutional and Civil Rights
- Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Samya [“Equality”].
- Motilal Nehru, ‘Presidential Address‘ (Amritsar Session of the Indian National Congress, 1919).
- C.R. Das, ‘Freedom through Disobedience‘ (Presidential Address at the Gaya Session of the Indian National Congress, 1922).
- Srinivasa Sastri, ‘The Rights and Duties of the Indian Citizen‘ (1926).
- B.R. Ambedkar, What Congress and Gandhi have Done to the Untouchables, Ch. III (1945).
D. Citizenship, Suffrage, and Voting
- B.R. Ambedkar, ‘Written Statement to the Southborough Committee on the Franchise‘ (1919).
- Herabai Tata, ‘A Short Sketch of Indian Women’s Franchise Work’ [excerpt].
E. Social Rights
- Jyotirao Phule, Memorial to the Hunter Commission on Education (1881).