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The Elusive Pursuit of Social Justice for Dalits in Uttar Pradesh
The elusive pursuit of social justice for dalits in Uttar Pradesh
AliMehdi

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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