To Be a Hindu Citizen: Politics of Dalit Migrants in Contemporary West Bengal

  title={To Be a Hindu Citizen: Politics of Dalit Migrants in Contemporary West Bengal},
  author={Praskanva Sinharay},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  pages={359 - 374}
  • Praskanva Sinharay
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Abstract This paper looks at the relationship between caste, citizenship and nation through a study of Dalit refugee politics in the Indian border state of West Bengal. With the legal–official definition of the ‘Indian’ citizen being increasingly crafted along Hindu majoritarian lines, the marginalised sections of migrant communities live under perpetual threat of disenfranchisement. Drawing on fieldwork done in Namasudra-dominated villages in West Bengal, this paper shows how Dalit migrants… Expand
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