Over the last decade, the country has witnessed one after another resistance movements bursting on to the political map. These movements, largely located in rural India have unsettled the comfortable dream of ‘shining’ India. In issues involved in studying such movements are certain connections which must be delinked only to link; certain qualifications must be made with respect to categories such as ‘rural’ or ‘resistance movements’. In activist circles and even in academe, such qualifications have been delayed, for example by counting all these varied struggles as ‘people’s movement’.
VOLUME XLII No. 01
JANUARY - 2018
Dalit politics in contemporary India is going through a reflective phase. From the demand at sub-categorizing in reservations to the critical questioning of some Dalits caste groups and individuals who dominate and usurp all the resources meant for Dalits in general. There is now in the academia a significant number of Dalits who are challenging the old Brahmanical hegemony that has entrenched itself into various ideological guises. Sambaiah Gundimeda in this book attempts to challenge the mainstream dominant hypotheses on Dalit politics. He cites his experience as a Dalit as one of the critical and hermeneutical tools to analyse the dominant articulations (or as he likes to say it—received ideas) on the nature of Dalit movement and politics. For this purpose, he looks at two States—Uttar Pradesh and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (presently Telangana and Andhra Pradesh). He wants to compare these States from an Ambedkarite perspective.