Political Sociology of Dalit Assertion

Political Sociology of Dalit Assertion

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Author: Prakash Louis
Publisher: Gyan Publishing House
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 326
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812120836X


Untouchability has been the historical curse of the outcastes of India. But the heart of the matter is that untouchability has also been the root cause of the degraded and degenerating Indian social order. Further, seclusion, deprivation, exploitation and discrimination of the Dalits are historical as well as everyday phenomenon.

In the same manner, Dalit protest, revolt and movements are also historical and contemporary processes. Right through the book it has been argued that atrocities and discrimination suffered by the Dalits and their assertion for liberation are two sides of the same coin. It is these two interlinked processes.

Which has provided a new identity to the Dalits. But these processes have followed one of the most relevant discursive paths as well as action programmes. This emerging identity in its turn has strengthened its resolve to fight every forms of discrimination and also determine the path for liberation. Thus, Dalit assertion and Dalit struggle for emancipation have come to stay.

This book attempts to identify some of these factors. It is hoped that this book would further the Dalit discourse for liberation and emancipation.


We must make our political democracy a social democracy as well. Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of its social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life, which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life, On the 26the of January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality, We must remove this contradiction at the earliest moment, or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up.
-Dr Ambedkar






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