ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ambedkarisation and Assertion of Dalit Identity-Socio-Cultural Protest in Meerut District of Western Uttar Pradesh

Socio-Cultural Protest in Meerut District of Western Uttar Pradesh Jagpal Singh The dalits of western Uttar Pradesh, particularly the jatavs, have resorted to diverse means to register their protest and also achieve improvement in their living standards. Religious conversion, supporting mainstream political parties or parties having datit leadership and launching socio-cultural organisations are some of the strategies adopted by the jatavs to redress their grievances. Though, currently, the Bahujan Samaj Party commands the allegiance of a large number of jatavs, it should not be overlooked that the roots of self-assertion of jatavs of western UP go back to the process of Ambedkarisation initiated by the Republican Party of India in the 1960s.

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