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This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. The range – geographically, thematically and theoretically - covered by the chapters reflects current concerns in the world today.

A Cartography of Resistance: The National Federation of Dalit Women*
A cartography of resistance: The national federation of dalit women
KalpanaKannabiran
Introduction

Caste has been central to debates around entitlements and constitutionalism in India for five decades. This period has also witnessed shifts in policy emphasis, jurisprudence, and politics around the issue of caste. Till the mid-1990s, however, the debate was located within a ‘national context’ and caste itself constructed in terms of its ‘peculiarity’ to Indian society. The World Conference against Racism held at Durban in 2001 and the process that led to the WCAR in India witnessed the ‘freeing’ of caste from the confines of India into a larger international arena that held out greater possibilities for public debate, alliance building and more powerful resistance. The ...

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