chapter  5
Revisiting Dalit Christology
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One of the important methodological revisions required for Dalit theology is the reconceptualization of Dalit Christology. We have already pointed out that the present epistemological premise of pathos under which Dalit Theology has worked out its Christology leaves insufficient space for critical praxis. Dalit theology doesn’t offer the necessary Christic impetus which will make involvement in transformation a pragmatic possibility. Following our analysis of Dalit theology we concluded that Dalit Christology had the potential to operate as a palliative inuring the Dalits to their existing suffering through marginalization and make the Dalits masochistic in their attitude towards suffering. Paradigms which inordinately and exclusively focus on pathos can reinforce the slavish mentality and deeply inculcated sense of inferiority among the Dalits, which Dalit theologians like Massey and Azariah and Dalit leaders like Ambedkar have pointed out to be the one overarching reason impeding Dalit initiative in accepting responsibility for self-transformation and the positive realization of their inherent worth and dignity. Thus, if one uses the rhetoric of ethical imperative in relation to the Dalits then it should mean an imperative that makes them consciously reject their psychological enslavement and gives them impetus to work towards self-emancipation.