In Search of Alternative Dalit Politics
This chapter discusses the development and current state of Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh (UP). It describes the formation of the Bahujan Samaj Party around 25 years ago, which swept the polls in the UP Assembly elections and is presently ruling the state, with Mayawati, the leader of BSP, ensconced as the Chief Minister of UP. It identifies a new and surprising phenomenon emerging in UP: the radical leftist forces’ use of Dalit icons as a tool to mobilize Dalit community. It also details the political challenges faced by Mayawati.
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