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Radhika Govinda

In: Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

Chapter 7: On Whose Behalf? Women's Activism and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

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On Whose Behalf? Women's Activism and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh
On whose behalf? Women's activism and identity politics in Uttar Pradesh
RadhikaGovinda
Introduction

Uttar Pradesh is said to form ‘a microcosm of the Indian nation’: most of the political, economic and social trends, characterising India today seem to get played out, in some or the other form, within its boundaries (Jeffery and Lerche, 2003: 17). It has been the nerve-centre of both Hindu nationalist activism and Dalit (ex-untouchable) political assertion. With the demolition of the Babri Mosque on 6 December 1992 by thousands of Hindu nationalist activists, including women, Hindu nationalism put its stamp on UP politics. After the decline of the Congress Party, the BJP has been a significant force in the state. BJP's power has, ...

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