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Rise of the Dalits and the Renewed Debate on Caste

Rajni Kothari
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 29, No. 26 (Jun. 25, 1994), pp. 1589-1594
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4401398
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Abstract

For long consciousness of caste was the preserve of the brahminic upper castes. Today something quite different is happening: the very sufferers from the system (including the caste system) are invoking caste identity and claims. Of course, as there is no clear and well-thought-out ideological framework that is relevant to undertaking these new struggles, co-operation and buying up, divide and rule by the dominant class or party continues. But it appears from a variety of indications that the process has started and there is need to provide fresh impetus and intellectual understanding backed by political action based on new models of coalition-making that cut across the wide array of deprived and oppressed social strata.

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