Radical Impact of Dalit Power

Seth, Piyush, and Vinay Sharma (2009). "Radical Impact of Dalit Power" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

This paper focusing on the emergence of a Dalit Chief Minister alongwith her political party as a power center is indicative of the radical changes in the political participation, reduction in the levels of identified discrimination or a form of social inclusion and the enhancement of the levels of social confidence of Dalits and its preliminary effects on the socio-economic structure of the largest state of India i.e. Uttar Pradesh. The word ‘dalit (a)’ comes from the Indo-Aryan root dal and means ‘held under check’, ‘suppressed’, or ‘crushed’, ‘oppressed’ but largely has become synonymous to ‘discrimination’ , which has been deep rooted in the social and caste structure of India.
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