<span class="smallCaps">Seven</span> Popular Sects 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:
Seven Popular Sects and Politics

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This chapter discusses how Kabir and Ravidasi consciousness were external forces in Shahabpur village for the Dalits and how these gradually transformed into people’s belief. Largely, the focus is on outside influences, such as the Bahujan political discourses, which spread through rallies, meetings, oral communications, and the like, and how these formed the elements of consciousness ‘from above’ and mingled with the consciousness ‘below’. It documents the various interpolations and mixtures of Dalit language and shows how the factors from ‘above’ are involved in creating the grassroots language. It also considers how and to what depths contemporary Dalit politics and emancipation have been internalized in their consciousness.

Keywords: Dalit politics; political influence; Bahujan political discourses; grassroots language; political consciousness; Kabirpanthi

Chapter.  3812 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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