Badri Narayan

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

Articles By Badri Narayan

Why BJP Sings Kabir

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

A larger Dalit public sphere

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

An unlikely rainbow

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

Pride and prejudice

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

Old BSP must make way for the new

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

A different BSP

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

Building the ‘bahujan’

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

Scattered and invisible

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

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

Before Una

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

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

Of demons and gods

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

The Akhilesh-Mulayam duet

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

The Return Of Mayawati

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

Return of the chamcha age

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

Polls and polarisation

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

Remaking the BSP

The BJP has adeptly taken apart Mayawati’s social engineering

Where does Jagjivan Ram belong?

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