Badri Narayan

The writer is professor, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad

Why BJP Sings Kabir
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

It’s part of the party’s strategy to attract Dalits and marginalised communities.

A larger Dalit public sphere
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Song, drama and literature play a role. Ambedkar, the symbolism around him, is at its centre.

An unlikely rainbow
Tue, Mar 20, 2018

SP-BSP win in UP by-polls featured Dalits, OBCs, Muslims, disillusioned BJP voters

Pride and prejudice
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Memories can rouse a social group. And they can be a source of hurt to others.

Old BSP must make way for the new
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Mayawati will need to reorganise her party and frame a new vocabulary to combat BJP-RSS overtures to Dalits.

A different BSP
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Newly visible on social media, the party is more conscious of politics of perception.

Building the ‘bahujan’
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Mayawati fears that if the BSP is portrayed as an exclusively Dalit party, she might lose the votes of other castes

Scattered and invisible
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Non-Jatav Dalits in UP do not find political representation because of their limited role in swaying state and national elections.

Crafting the bahujan rainbow
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Mayawati aims to win over Muslims, other social groups to expand BSP base.

Before Una
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Gujarat Dalits’ move to quit ‘menial jobs’ in protest has a precedent in UP

Uttar Pradesh elections: BJP is banking on a social engineering strategy laced with Hindutva
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Enthused by its success in Assam, the BJP is now focused on winning Uttar Pradesh

Of demons and gods
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Countercultural narratives of myths and deities must be allowed to flourish.

The Akhilesh-Mulayam duet
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

SP projects the former as a development icon, the latter plays on caste.

The Return Of Mayawati
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Results of local elections indicate that the BSP is regaining ground in UP.

Return of the chamcha age
Mon, Nov 03, 2014

Kanshi Ram’s critique of Dalit politics of 1970s has again become relevant

Polls and polarisation
Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Why the communal incidents in western UP may, in fact, be engineered.

Remaking the BSP
Sun, May 25, 2014

The BJP has adeptly taken apart Mayawati’s social engineering

Where does Jagjivan Ram belong?
Tue, Oct 29, 2013

Both the BSP and BJP are trying to appropriate him as they compete for Dalit votes.