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Concrete Labour and Corporeal Aesthetic

The art of lavani as an aesthetic labour involves a contradictory sense of the self. At one level, self-realisation of an artists assigns them a complete autonomy on aesthetic production, while at another level, it also generates a sense of self-exploitation which is social and structural.

The Self in Dalit Literature

Self-determination involves interrogation of the social hierarchy and morally regressive conditions created by the caste system in order to push the “untouchables’’ beyond morally minimum humanness. The self is also determined to produce resistance within such conditions but also radically interrogate such conditions. Self-determination thus involves transcendence of the self and the adversarial other.

Provincialisation of ‘Transformative’ Politics

The left and the Dalit political parties put limits on the transformative politics that draws its support and sustenance from the normative ideals available in Karl Marx and B R Ambedkar. Arguably, these limits spring from the conditions of provincialisation of transformative politics into instrumentalities that are internal to electoral democracy.
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