Chapter

<span class="smallCaps">Two</span> Telling Nehru and Aspiring for Freedom

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/9780198071877.003.0002
Two Telling Nehru and Aspiring for Freedom

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This chapter documents the Dalit politics of remembrance of Pandit Nehru in village Shahabpur. Since Shahabpur was a part of the Phulpur parliamentary constituency from where Nehru contested and won all the elections, he was a well-known figure in the village. Even today, many marginalized and Dalit people have vivid memories of Nehru, whom they saw during his election campaigns. The chapter explores election days as a site of remembrance for Dalits and the marginalized in contemporary times, and tries to understand the processes and politics of Dalit remembrances of Nehru. It reveals that while remembering Nehru and the elections in his parliamentary constituency, the marginalized and Dalits tell their own politics of emancipation from oppressive norms, the power and social structure, and their inherent desire for better living conditions, freedom, social respect, and equality.

Keywords: Pandit Nehru; Dalit politics; Shahabpur village; Dalit narratives; emancipation; parliamentary elections; marginalized people

Chapter.  5789 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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