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18: Contemporary Dalit Politics

Seminar Questions:

1. Has the development of democracy in India weakened or deepened caste inequality?
2. Has the development of caste politics in India weakened or deepened democracy?

Seminar Readings:

1. Ramachandra Guha, India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy (Delhi, 2007), cht. 26
2. Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam, Power And Contestation: India Since 1989 (London, 2007), chapter 1.

Background Readings:

1. Christophe Jaffrelot, India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India (2003)
2. Anupama Rao, The Caste Question: Dalits And the Politics of Modern India (California, 2009)
3. Anand Teltumbde, Khairlanji: A Strange And Bitter Crop (Delhi, 2008)
4. K. Balagopal, Ear To The Ground: Writings on Caste and Class (Delhi, 2012)