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Monday, May 17, 2021

Badri Narayan

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

BR Ambedkar isn’t just an icon of democratic politics. He’s also a folk icon
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Educated followers may indeed read his texts and use his arguments and visions for the emancipation of marginal communities, but Ambedkar appears in many different ways in the ordinary life of Dalits

How BJP uses gods and icons of marginalised communities in Bengal and elsewhere to draft them into Hindutva politics
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

It has turned the heterogeneity of Hindu culture into its strength

BJP is using lesser-known figures from medieval history to further its politics
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The attempt by mainstream Hindutva politics is to over-emphasise these marginal and contested memories, establish them as sites for “believers” and use them as symbols of cultural nationalism .

Absence of a charismatic Dalit leader opens up space in poll-bound Bihar
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

The Bihar assembly election may have various implications for the long-term Dalit politics in the state. It indicates a transition which may yield a new leader.

Dalit assertion and politics is dependent on dominant parties in Bihar
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Unlike in UP, Dalit politics in Bihar continue to be dependent on mainstream parties. The Ambedkarite radical consciousness is weaker in the Dalit politics of Bihar and Dalit assertion at the grass roots continues to be weak.

Religio-cultural public spheres, ignored by most, are tapped well by Hindutva groups
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Hindutva politics, thus, is increasingly becoming influential due to its engagement with the non-political but socio-culturally and religiously powerful public spheres associated with the Hindu religion.

Ambedkar’s legacy is being re-engineered to suit the Hindutva agenda
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

The social memories created by the Hindu religion, and the Hindutva version of Ambedkar’s symbol, are creating a situation where the Hindutva parivar is easily accessible to a section of the larger Dalit community.

Among the urban poor, two strands of Hindutva mobilisation are emerging
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The RSS and its various affiliates enter slums through running schools, organising medical camps, etc. RSS shakhas are also expanding their footprint among the urban poor by giving them a “Hindu” identity.

Towards social politics
Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is nudging electoral politics in a new direction.

Gathbandhan vs Gathbandhan: Social coalition crafted by BJP trumped BSP-SP-RLD caste alliance
Fri, May 24, 2019

The impressive success of the BJP and the failure of gathbandhan in UP may have far reaching consequences for Indian politics. Political parties may have to redefine the politics of social justice in north India.

Caste narratives have emerged as an important trope in the 2019 election
Tue, Apr 30, 2019

Dalit-Bahujan alliance is a riposte to the BJP’s national security centred discourse.

Mayawati’s decision to not contest the Lok Sabha election is rife with political implications
Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Mayawati's sacrifice has elevated her stature above other leaders of the gathbandhan. Her decision is a signal of sorts to the partners that should the situation arise, they should support her candidature for the PM’s post.

A stirring in the East
Fri, Feb 01, 2019

By placing Priyanka Gandhi in UP, Congress is trying to reclaim an old bastion

The Spurned Party
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Congress could prove to be a spanner in the works of the SP-BSP alliance

Of Melas And Politics
Tue, Dec 18, 2018

These efforts may lead to the formation of “samagra Hindutva” — the BJP’s recently-framed strategy for the 2019 election

The Battle For The Bahujan
Tue, Dec 04, 2018

Even as Mayawati tries to sideline him, Chandrashekhar’s Bhim Army is expanding

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.