" Democracy was
also a great narrative and not merely a monolithic kind of democratic participation."
 
 
 
 

Dialogue and Discourse

Dalit Resource Centre a documentary “Ladte Bhirte Shabd” of one hour, directed by Sunil Umrao, Dept. of Mass Communication, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, on the mode of Dalit Popular Writings and life history of those Dalit writers on whom it has organized village conferences.

The documentary starts with narrating the potential of the Dalit popular booklets.

Fascinating Hindutva

In the present socio-political scenario of India, Dalits have emerged as a major force in the electoral arena and mobilizing them has almost become a compulsion for all political parties.

Fascinating Hindutva: Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation is a deconstruction of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize dalits. Based on the original empirical data from extensive field-work of U.P. and Bihar, the book documents how the Hindutva forces are adept at digging out the myths, memories and legends of the Dalit castes that are popular at local level and reinterpreting them in a Hinduised way. They project the heroes of these myths and popular folk narratives either as brave Indian warriors who protected the Hindu religion

Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India

This volume explores cultural repression in India and ways in which it is overcome. The book studies the burgeoning Dalit politics in North India and shows how Dalit women heroes (viranganas) of the 1857 Rebellion have emerged as symbols of Dalit assertion in Uttar Pradesh and are being used by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to build the image of its leader, Mayawati.

While demonstrating how myths and memories of the role of Dalits in India’s freedom struggle are employed for constructing identity , and then reconstructed for political mobilization, this book
Narrates some of the tales used to develop political consciousness at the grass-root level;

Dialogue and Discourse

The deliberations that emerged from the Workshop have been printed as Discourse and Dialogue: Dalit Popular Booklets, Democratic Participation, and Dalit Public Sphere- Documentation of the Brainstorming cum Workshop. These have been sent to the participants, scholars and activists working in the field of Dalit studies (cover page enclosed).
 

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