The Divine Heritage of the Yadavas

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The Divine Heritage of the Yadavas (in some sources, Yadavs) is a book by Vithal Krishnaji Khedkar which describes a divine heritage from Krishna for those Hindu communities (Jātis) occupied with herding cattle and selling milk. The book posits that the cattle-keeping castes (such as the Ahir) had become incorrectly ranked as Shudra (labourers) in the varna system for a variety of reasons: their adherence to ritual purity was difficult to verify due to their nomadic lifestyle, they castrated animals, and they sold milk commercially. The scholar David Goodman Mandelbaum describes the work as "combin[ing] a traditional origin myth and a highly modernized improvement campaign."[1]

Khedkar's book was revised in 1924 by his son, the surgeon Raghunath Vithal Khedkar, and published in Allahbad in 1959.[2]


  1. ^ David Goodman Mandelbaum (1970). Society in India: Change and continuity. University of California Press. pp. 442–. ISBN 978-0-520-01623-1. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ G.S. Ghurye (2008). Caste and race in India. Popular Prakashan. pp. 451–. ISBN 978-81-7154-205-5. Retrieved 8 September 2011.