Chapter

<span class="smallCaps">Four</span> The Politicization of Dalit Women

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/9780198071877.003.0004
Four The Politicization of Dalit Women

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This chapter discusses the politicization of an illiterate old woman, Jhuria, who belonged to the Chamar caste of Shahabpur, got influenced by the ongoing Bahujan–Dalit politics. It narrates the process of Jhuria’s politicization and how she became an active participant in the Nara–Maveshi Movement (NMM) during the 1970s. It analyzes the trajectory of the transformation of her Chamar identity into a Dalit identity and the process of formation of new memories around Dalitness. The story of the dissemination of Dalit consciousness in various ways, both direct and indirect, to Jhuria, and other illiterate women of north India, and their responses to such political influences is one of the main focuses of the chapter.

Keywords: bahujan–Dalit politics; chamar caste; shahabpur; nara–Maveshi Movement; dalit identity; dalit consciousness; illiterate women; political influence

Chapter.  4210 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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