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Is There A Second Wave of Dalit Upsurge in West Bengal?

The Matua movement that lost momentum after raising hopes of Dalit awakening in West Bengal appears to have received fresh impetus again. But is it too early to pass verdict on the future trajectory of the movement and Dalit politics in general?

West Bengal Elections

Despite the rising influence of the subaltern classes in West Bengal politics, the predominance of the bhadralok culture largely remains intact. A response to Ranabir Samaddar's, "West Bengal Elections: The Verdict of Politics" (EPW, 11 June 2016).

Political Future of Caste in West Bengal

Contributing to the ongoing discussion (Sinharay 2012, 2014; Chandra and Nielsen 2012; Bandyopadhyay 2012; Chatterjee 2012; Samaddar 2013) in the EPW on the role of caste in Bengal politics, this article argues that the present tendency is to envisage a larger political role of caste on the basis of a faulty exercise of equating the electoral defeat of the left parties with the decline of the left ideology. The argument overlooks the deep hangover of a secular-leftist-political culture in Bengali society and therefore fails to understand the limited scope of caste politics in modern Bengal.
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