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The Political Sociology of Dalit Assertion

 
Prakash Louis (Author)
Synopsis Untouchability has been the historical curse of the outcastes of India. But the heart of the matter is that untouchability has also been the root cause of the degraded and degenerating Indian social order. Further, seclusion, deprivation, exploitation and discrimination of the Dalits are historical as well as everyday phenomenon. In the same manner, Dalit protest, revolt and movements are also historical and contemporary processes. Right through the book it has been argued that atrocities and discrimination suffered by the Dalits and their assertion for liberation are two sides of the same coin. It is these two interlinked processes. Which has provided a new identity to the Dalits. But these processes have followed one of the most relevant discursive paths as well as action programmes. This emerging identity in its turn has strengthened its resolve to fight every forms of discrimination and also determine the path for liberation. Thus, Dalit assertion and Dalit struggle for emancipation have come to stay. This book attempts to identify some of these factors. It is hoped that this book would further the Dalit discourse for liberation and emancipation.
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About the author

Prakash Louis

Prakash Louis is the Executive Director of the Idan Social Institute, New Delhi. He has been working as a grassroot activist for almost a decade in central Bihar. Collecting primary data about the Naxalite movement was not without its risks, neither is it easily available. After the Lakshmanpur-Bathe massacre (December 1997) in Jehanabad, which mobilized some human rights activists in conscientization activity, the author found an opening into many of these groups and, through them, to some remote villages where radical agrarian movements are changing the landscape of central Bihar. He is author of Jharkhan Rajya: Kiske Liye, Kyon aur Kaise? (on the formation of the new Jharkhan state); The Emerging Hindutva Force: The Ascent of the Hindu Nationalism; and Casteism is More Harrendous than Racism: Durban and Dalit Discourse.

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Title The Political Sociology of Dalit Assertion
Author Prakash Louis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812120836X
length 326p., Tables; References; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.