Venerated as a dalit icon, Kanshiram (1934 2006) is regarded as being next only to Ambedkar today. This book illuminates his journey, from the early years in rural Punjab and with Ambedkarites in Pune, to his launching BAMCEF, an umbrella organization uniting backward castes, scheduled tribes, dalits and minorities, and eventually the Bahujan Samaj Party in 1984.
Drawing on myriad oral and written sources, Badri Narayan shows how Kanshiram mobilized dalits with his homespun idiom, cycle rallies and, uniquely, the use of local folk heroes and myths, rousing their self-respect, and how he struck opportunistic alliances with higher-caste parties to seize power for dalits. Evocatively described is his extraordinary relationship with Mayawati, right until his death, and the role she has played in fulfilling his vision, during and after his lifetime.

Ladte Bhirte Shabd

Dalit Resource Centre a documentary “Ladte Bhirte Shabd” of one hour, directed by Sunil Umrao, Dept. of Mass Communication, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, on the mode of Dalit Popular Writings and life history of those Dalit writers on whom it has organized village conferences.The documentary starts with narrating the potential of the Dalit popular booklets.

Fascinating Hindutva

In the present socio-political scenario of India, Dalits have emerged as a major force in the electoral arena and mobilizing them has almost become a compulsion for all political parties.

Fascinating Hindutva: Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation is a deconstruction of the fascinating tactics used by the Hindutva forces to politically mobilize dalits. Based on the original empirical data from extensive field-work of U.P. and Bihar, the book documents how the Hindutva forces are adept at digging out the myths, memories and legends of the Dalit castes that are popular at local level and reinterpreting them in a Hinduised way. They project the heroes of these myths and popular folk narratives either as brave Indian warriors who protected the Hindu religion

Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India

This volume explores cultural repression in India and ways in which it is overcome. The book studies the burgeoning Dalit politics in North India and shows how Dalit women heroes (viranganas) of the 1857 Rebellion have emerged as symbols of Dalit assertion in Uttar Pradesh and are being used by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to build the image of its leader, Mayawati.

While demonstrating how myths and memories of the role of Dalits in India’s freedom struggle are employed for constructing identity , and then reconstructed for political mobilization, this book

Narrates some of the tales used to develop political consciousness at the grass-root level;

Dialogue and Discourse

The deliberations that emerged from the Workshop have been printed as Discourse and Dialogue: Dalit Popular Booklets, Democratic Participation, and Dalit Public Sphere- Documentation of the Brainstorming cum Workshop. These have been sent to the participants, scholars and activists working in the field of Dalit studies (cover page enclosed).

The Making Of The Dalit Public In North India

Book: The Making Of The Dalit Public In North India – Uttar Pradesh, 1950-Present
Author: B. N. Tiwari
ISBN: 0198071876
ISBN-13: 9780198071877, 978-0198071877
Binding: Hardcover
Publishing Date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition: 1stEdition
Number of Pages: 224
Language: English
Price: Rs. 536

About the Book- The Making of the Dalit Public in North India is a commentary on politics and political consciousness, participation, and mobilization among the Dalits of Uttar Pradesh. Based on extensive fieldwork at the village level in eastern Uttar Pradesh, it deals with Dalit social and political history in Uttar Pradesh from 1950 to the present. Badri Narayan Tiwari examines the process of politicization of Dalit communities through their internal social struggles and movements, and their emergence as a ‘political public’ in the State-oriented democratic political setting of contemporary India. This process is represented through stories and narratives that span the oppressed historical moments of the marginalized, documenting various social upheavels in post-independence India. The volume uses various alternative sources, alive in the oral tradition and ‘collective memory’ of the grassroots to explain contemporary history of Dalit mobilization in north India. The Making of the Dalit Public in North India unfolds the suppressed multiple layers of Dalit consciousness, hitherto ignored by mainstream discourse.