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

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


296 pages | SAGE India
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.
Preface

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Postscript

 
Bibliography

 
Index

 

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Sudha Pai

Sudha Pai is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU. Apart from articles in reputed journals on electoral politics and the party system in India, her recent publications are Dalit Assertion and the Unfinished Democratic Revolution: The Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh (2002) and Democratic Governance in India: Challenges of Poverty, Development, and Identity (2001, co-edited with Niraja Gopal Jayal). Her current interests include issues of governance and globalization in India. More About Author