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The Making of the Dalit Public in North IndiaUttar Pradesh, 1950 - Present$
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Badri Narayan Tiwari

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071877.001.0001

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Six Dalit Public and Political Power

Six Dalit Public and Political Power

Grassroots Pressures on Democracy

(p.97) SIX Dalit Public and Political Power
The Making of the Dalit Public in North India

Badri Narayan Tiwari

Oxford University Press

The previous chapter showed how the Dalit popular booklets, instrumental in arousing Dalit consciousness, reached the Godampatti of Shahabpur village, which is chiefly inhabited by Dalits. All the residents of this hamlet gather at the tea stall in the patti and discuss various issues related to the emancipation of Dalits, which they have gathered from these booklets. This chapter shows how these discussions lead to the creation of a Dalit public at the grassroots that is facilitating the acquisition of political power by the Dalits — a group that is able to put increasing pressure on the Indian democracy.

Keywords:   dalit popular booklets, political consciousness, emancipation, political power, Indian democracy

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