The writer is professor, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad
It’s part of the party’s strategy to attract Dalits and marginalised communities.
Song, drama and literature play a role. Ambedkar, the symbolism around him, is at its centre.
SP-BSP win in UP by-polls featured Dalits, OBCs, Muslims, disillusioned BJP voters
Memories can rouse a social group. And they can be a source of hurt to others.
Mayawati will need to reorganise her party and frame a new vocabulary to combat BJP-RSS overtures to Dalits.
Newly visible on social media, the party is more conscious of politics of perception.
Mayawati fears that if the BSP is portrayed as an exclusively Dalit party, she might lose the votes of other castes
Non-Jatav Dalits in UP do not find political representation because of their limited role in swaying state and national elections.
Mayawati aims to win over Muslims, other social groups to expand BSP base.
Gujarat Dalits’ move to quit ‘menial jobs’ in protest has a precedent in UP
Enthused by its success in Assam, the BJP is now focused on winning Uttar Pradesh
Countercultural narratives of myths and deities must be allowed to flourish.
SP projects the former as a development icon, the latter plays on caste.
Results of local elections indicate that the BSP is regaining ground in UP.
Kanshi Ram’s critique of Dalit politics of 1970s has again become relevant
Why the communal incidents in western UP may, in fact, be engineered.
The BJP has adeptly taken apart Mayawati’s social engineering
Both the BSP and BJP are trying to appropriate him as they compete for Dalit votes.