author={Shailaja Paik},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  pages={217 - 241}
  • Shailaja Paik
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • Sociology
  • Contributions to Indian Sociology
By examining practices of naming, especially the recent adoption of a ‘Buddhist’ identity by middle-class Dalits in contemporary Maharashtra, this article analyses the multiple, shifting, and contested meanings of being Dalit. Examining the politics of this plurality shows the varied concerns at work in applying and contesting different names, especially the social and psychological challenges inherent in such acts of self-identification. By in-vestigating the ambiguities and ambivalences of… 

Refashioning Futures: Dalit Women’s Education and Empowerment in Maharashtra

Since the end of the nineteenth century, Dalits (“Untouchables”) struggled for the right to public spaces, including temples, streets, water tanks, and education. What did education mean to Dalit men

Forging a New Dalit Womanhood in Colonial Western India: Discourse on Modernity, Rights, Education, and Emancipation

Abstract:Dalit women in colonial Western India shaped and were in turn transformed by the “interlocking technologies” of education, caste, community, gender, sexuality, and family. Two radical

Building Bridges: Articulating Dalit and African American Women’s Solidarity

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Humanising the subaltern: unbounded caste and the limits of a rights regime

This article critically explores the implications of the recent turn to transnational efforts in activism that seeks to counter caste-based discrimination. In particular, it analyses the consequences

Narrative Worlds of Frugal Consumers: Unmasking Romanticized Spirituality to Reveal Responsibilization and De-politicization

Extant literature romanticizes frugality as a lifestyle trait that helps in the spiritual evolution of consumers, which in turn enables them in overcoming the negative consequences of materialism and

Genealogies of the Dalit political: The transformation of Achhut from ‘Untouched’ to ‘Untouchable’ in early twentieth-century north India

The essay documents the unprecedented transformation of the term Achhut in the Hindi literature from an adjective describing a quality ‘untouched, [and] pure’ to a noun referring to an untouchable

Reflections on the Republican Party: (Prompted by Recollections of Encounters at 15 Janpath)

  • I. Duncan
  • Political Science
    Contemporary Voice of Dalit
  • 2022
Towards the end of the 1960s, the Ambedkarite Republican Party of India was facing a serious crisis. Its plight intensified with the death of the leader Dadasaheb Gaikwad at the end of 1971. This

The funeralesque as the experience of workers at the margins of international business: Seven Indian narratives

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Mahar, Buddhist and Dalit: Religious Conversion and Socio-Political Emancipation

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The Sociopolitical Effects of Ideological Change: The Buddhist Conversion of Maharashtrian Untouchables

The conversion of the Mahars to Buddhism in October 1956 was an ambitious attempt to construct a new ideology fundamentally opposed to the traditional Hindu system of beliefs, which had been

Dalits in Modern India: Vision and Values

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Rewriting History: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai

Pandita Ramabai was one of India's earliest feminists. Honored with the title of Saraswati in Calcutta in 1879, she soon alienated the men who had initially supported her. A high-caste Hindu widow,

Dalit Identity and Politics

Introduction - Ghanshyam Shah Dalit Politics Caste System and Economic Inequality - S K Thorat and R S Deshpande Economic Theory and Evidence The Structure of South Indian Untouchable Castes - N

Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age

Introduction 1. Historical origins of a 'caste society' 2. The 'Brahman Raj': kings and service people, c. 1700-1830 3. Western 'Orientalists and the Colonial perception of caste' 4. Caste and the

Dalits and the Democratic Revolution: Dr Ambedkar and the Dalit Movement in Colonial India

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From Untouchable to Dalit: Essays on the Ambedkar Movement

This collection of essays spans the history of the movement from the 19th century roots to the most recent growth of Dalit literature and includes the political developments and the buddhist

Autobiography as Activism: Three Black Women of the Sixties

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Who were the Shudras how they came to be the fourth varna in the Indo-Aryan society

Shudras are the part of Hindu society. Though this community belongs to Hindu society, it is marginalized by the Upper Varna. It indicates that shudras are marginalized by their own people i.e. the