Dalit Politics and Its Place in Indian Polity - the Issue for Identities

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:45
Oral Presentation
Naresh BHARGAVA, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur Rajasthan, INDIA, India
Dalit selfhood, Dalit subjectivity as well as the war against inequality have been a few major issues included for political activities in India. These issues have created movements and even political parties. The phenomena has roots in the pre-independence colonial modernity when two contradictory approaches appeared. While Gandhi pleaded for a peaceful reformist action, Ambedkar supported radical step elimination of caste system and equal socio economic political status to those who were an excluded lot. The political war continues and with lot of concessions and reservations the reform mode have improved the status of the people but not the social identity. The current Dalit polity in a way still carry the demands which may bring a change in their identity. However, the polity has brought new classes, neo caste explanations and religious sermons in question.