Evaluate the impact of print technology on the poor people in India.
print on the poor: Very cheap books were brought to the markets in 19th century Madras towns and sold at crossroads, allowing poor people travelling to markets to buy them. Public libraries were set up from the early 20tn century-, expanding access to books. From the late 19th century issues of caste discrimination began to be written about in many printed tracts and essays.
Jyotiba Phule, the Maratha pioneer of low caste protest movement wrote about the injustices of the caste system in his ‘Gulamgiri’ (1871). Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Maharashtra and E.V. Ramaswamy Naiker in Madras better known as Periyar, wrote powerfully on caste and their writings were read by people all over India.
A mill worker at Kanpur called Kashibaba wrote and published ‘Chhote Aur Bade Ka Sawal’ in 1930 to show the links between caste and class exploitation. Bangalore (Bengaluru) cotton mill workers set up libraries to educate themselves following the example of Bombay (Mumbai).