Chapter

<span class="smallCaps">One</span> Conversations, Histories, and Politics

Badri Narayan Tiwari

in The Making of the Dalit Public in North India

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071877
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071877.003.0001
One Conversations, Histories, and Politics

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This chapter examines the relationship between conversations, histories, and politics. It explores the politics of different caste groups while talking about the historic role of the villagers in India’s national movement. It examines the multiple memories of the nationalist past of the village that exist among the various communities that are either contesting, interfacing, and/or interacting with each other, with a special focus on the remembrances of the Dalits. It also studies how these memories have become a part of the everyday life of Dalit communities in the village and inspire them, instilling social confidence in their everyday struggle. It observes how these nationalist memories have constructed a ‘political’ awareness among marginal communities in independent India, and are also linked, directly or indirectly, with their contemporary Bahujan identity.

Keywords: Indian politics; caste groups; national movement; Dalit communities; political awareness; Bahujan identity

Chapter.  6603 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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