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83 It would be challenged by the brilliant leader and spokesman of the untouchables, B. R. 85 This is not to deny that concepts of pollution are used to justify untouchability, and one of the deﬁning studies of caste, Louis Dumont’s Homo Hierarchicus (1967), sees the opposition between purity and pollution as a central feature of caste hierarchies. However, more recently sociologists have criticized Dumont’s model, arguing that it repeats forms of colonial thought that ‘essentialized’ and ﬁxed Indian society around a speciﬁc, historically static concept, thus presenting India as the reverse mirror image of a ‘rational’, progressive and enlightened Europe.
See R. K. ), Arundhati Roy: The Novelist Extraordinary, New Delhi: Sangam, 1999, pp. 328–41. htm>. 47 Arundhati Roy, Personal CV, HarperCollins Publishers. TEXT AND CONTEXTS 15 from Da Cunha after four years of marriage. In Delhi she worked for a short time as a research assistant at the National Institute of Urban Affairs. She was also talent-spotted in the street by the ﬁlm-maker and environmentalist Pradeep Krishen, who gave her a small role in the ﬁlm Massey Saab – allegedly based on Joyce Cary’s novel of colonial Africa, Mister Johnson (1939) – in which she played ‘the tribal bimbo’.
These broad caste groupings do not represent the whole of Hindu society, however, and ‘outcaste’ or ‘untouchable’ communities exist at the bottom of the sudra group, on the margins of the caste system. Always economically and socially dependent on higher castes, these untouchable communities traditionally perform dirty, spiritually polluting activities such as leatherwork, streetsweeping, rubbish collection and disposing of the dead. As a paravan, Velutha in TGST belongs to this stigmatized ‘untouchable’ group, and it is this fact that makes his affair with Ammu – and their mutual erotic ‘touching’ – such a transgressive act.