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

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The Political and the Social in the Dalit Movement Today

Post-Ambedkarite movements for dalit emancipation in India have had different currents. In Uttar Pradesh, the assertion of the Bahujan Samaj Party has initiated a new era of democratisation, while the upsurge of dalit castes through Buddhist conversion has brought about social change in Maharashtra. Yet, both these separate phenomena suffer from the disadvantages of not addressing vital issues raised by Ambedkar. This paper tries to synthesise a model out of the dialectics of the socio-political movements in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh from the vantage point of Ambedkarite philosophy.

This is based on an MPhil dissertation ‘Conversion as Social Emancipation: Ambedkar’s Buddhist Conversion in Maharashtra’ at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


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