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The Political Context of Religious Conversion in Orissa

The apathy of dalit intellectuals and politicians over the communal incidents in Orissa reflects their prejudice and lack of confidence as regards the issue of conversion. The absence of a social movement in Orissa based on the praxis worked upon by B R Ambedkar has allowed fundamentalist and right-wing forces to take advantage of the deprived and the marginalised.

in the desperate hope of a better life, a ccess to modern education and a dignied social status (Sharma 2002). In Orissa the attempts to convert by the dalits and tribals has been communalised systematically in order to retain the perpetual hegemony of the upper caste elites in the social and economic spheres.

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