Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh provides a qualitative, in-depth understanding of development failures and identity politics in Uttar Pradesh (UP). It investigates neoliberal change and political transformation in India through the lens of UP, India's largest and, by some measures, poorest state. It examines the connection between transitions in the contemporary economy of India and transformations in politics from the standpoint of UP. The book demonstrates how an understanding of dynamics in UP might provide new perspective on issues such as the state, the civil society, caste, democracy and social impact of economic reforms—issues that are the subject of vigorous debate in India as a whole.

The Elusive Pursuit of Social Justice for Dalits in Uttar Pradesh

The elusive pursuit of social justice for dalits in Uttar Pradesh

Caste has historically been one of the principal axes of social injustice in India, and numerous movements have emerged over the years to challenge it.1 Although belatedly, in UP too, various political and non-political Dalit organisations have been trying to mobilise Dalits/SCs since the 1940s2 to bring about self-respect and social justice to them (Jaoul, 2007; Kumar, 2007; Shah, 2004). The establishment of the BSP in 1984, and its gradual but spectacular rise in a relatively short period, marked a watershed in the history of Dalit mobilisation. The BSP not only revolutionised the power dynamics of India's most populous, politically significant and arguably the ...

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