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Dalit Assertion and the Unfinished Democratic Revolution

Dalit Assertion and the Unfinished Democratic Revolution
The Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh

First Edition
  • Sudha Pai - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

August 2002 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book examines the emergence, ideology and programmes, mobilisational strategies, electoral progress and political significance of the BSP against the backdrop of a strong wave of Dalit assertion in UP. Based upon extensive fieldwork in western UP, government reports and interviews with Dalit leaders, this study, while highlighting the BSP's considerable achievements, explores the reasons for the party's failure to harness the forces of Dalit assertion in UP.

Introduction: Dalit Assertion and the Unfinished Democratic Agenda

Dalit Consciousness and Movements in the Colonial Period: Socio-Political Roots of the BSP

Emergence, Leadership and Organisation: Understanding the BSP

Social Justice as Ideology: Theory and Praxis

Dalit Assertion through Electoral Politics: Mobilisational Strategies and Performance of the BSP

`New Forms`of Dalit Assertion at the Grassroots: The BSP in Meerut District






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