In the present Indian sociopolitical scenario, a large number of dalit castes have become the main players in the electoral arena and politically mobilizing them has become a compulsion of all political parties. The strong desire of these castes to assert their identity based on their sense of pastness is being profitably encashed by many political parties who are appropriating their heroes and recreating their histories to suit their political ideology and thereby politically mobilizing them. This is especially true in UP and Bihar where society is still divided on caste lines and the lower castes are still oppressed.

Fascinating Hindutva examines how, aided by other Hindutva forces like RSS and VHP, the strategies of BJP for mobilizing dalits rests on reinterpreting their Hindu past and unifying them under the metanarrative of Hindutva. It is an exploration of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize individual dalit castes like the Nishads, Musahars, and Dusadhs by saffronising their heroes.

The Path Traversed and the Way Ahead

The path traversed and the way ahead

It was a new moon night in the forest. The king's storyteller

birds were still narrating their stories to the lalmuni birds. These

birds were able to prove through their convincing narratives

that it was a full moon night. It seemed as if the lalmuni birds

would not be able to hold their own against these powerful birds.

But the lalmuni birds had the power to change the very nature

of the competition because their basic characteristic was that of

subversion which would make the other animals of the forest

aware of the many chicaneries and machinations taking place

there. Even today the lalmuni birds are narrating their stories to

protest against the powerful and dominant narratives that have

the capacity to sway ...

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