Project Director – Badri Narayan


Kanshiram Leader of the Dalits

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.

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.

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.

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;

  • Rethinking Villages (ed.) Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi. 2011. ISBN: 13:978-81-8069-764-7
  • Dalit Vaicharki Ki Dishayein (ed.) Radhakrishna Prakashan, New Delhi, 2008. ISBN: 978-81-8361-265-4
  • San Sattavan Ki Loksmritiyan, Lokkathayein, Lokgeet evam ChhayachitraRajkiya Sanghrahalaya, Jhansi. 2008.
  • Upekshit Samudayon ka Aatm Itihas, Vaani Prakashan , New Delhi, 2006. ISBN:81-8143-593-1
  • Multiple Marginalities: An Anthology of Identified Dalit Writings, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi, 2004 (with A.R. Mishra). ISBN:81-7304-555-0

Chapters in Edited Books:

  • Grassroots and vernacular articulations: politics and popular democracy in Uttar Pradesh villages in Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India (ed. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi, Akio Tanabe and Shinya Ishizaka), pp. 139-152, Routledge, New York, 2014.
  • A Book also Travels: Circulating Small Booklets in Dalit Poorva in Dalits in Neoliberal India: Mobility or Marginalisation? (ed. Clarinda Still), pp. 162-183, Routledge, New Delhi, 2014.
  • Identity and Narratives: Dalits and Memories of 1857 in Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857, Volume 5: Muslim, Dalit and Subaltern Narratives (ed. Crispin Bates½, pp. 1-16, Sage Publication, New Delhi, 2014.
  • Aadhuniktavaadi Dabaav Urf Phati Hui Jeebh Ki Dastaan in Hindi Aadhunikta: Ek Punarvichaar (ed. Abhay Kumar Dube½, pp. 317-329, Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, 2014
  • A Beggar’s Song of Democracy: A Study of Invisible Dalits in Handbook of Politics in Indian States: Regions, Parties and Economic Reforms (ed. Sudha Pai½, pp. 269-280, Oxford, New Delhi, 2013
  • The Cultured Subjects in New Subjects and New Governance in India (ed. Ranabir Samaddar, Suhit K Sen), pp. 247-268, Routledge, New Delhi, 2012.
  • Kunjra, Kasai, Julaha, Nai…1857 Ke Sangram Mein Daliton Ki Bhoomika in 1857 ka Mahasangraam: Vaikalpik itihaas ki ore (ed. Badri Narayan, Rashmi Choudhary, Sanjay Nath), pp. 273-287, Aadhar Prakashan, Panchkula, 2010.
  • Aao, kuch aisi aawajein khojein (kalaon mein upekshiton ke vimarsh ke bare mein) in Kala Bharti (ed. Piyush Daiya), pp.313-318, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 2010.
  • Migration histories: Voices from the Bhojpuri region (pp. 57-84) and Bidesia Folk Culture in India and Suriname (pp. 144-174) in Kahe Gaile Bides (Why did you go overseas?) (ed. Mousumi Majumder) KIT publishers, Ammsterdam and Mango Books, Allahabad, 2010.
  • Memory and Social Protestin Communication, Culture and Confrontation (ed. Bernard Bel, Jan Brouwer, Biswajit Das, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Guy Poitevin) pp. 157-177, Sage, New Delhi, 2010.
  • Daliton Ki Bhoomika, in 1857 Bagawat ke Daur Ka Itihaas (ed. Murlimanohar Prasad Singh, Rekha Awasthi), pp. 260-265, Granth Shilpi, New Delhi, 2009.
  • Vande Bharatam in ‘Allahabad:Where the Rivers Meet’(ed. Neelam Sharan Gaur)pp. 87-102, Marg Publication, Mumbai, 2009.
  • Ethnography of Social Justice in Dalit Pattis(Hamlets) of Rural UP, inMarginalities and Justice (Volume III)(ed.) Paula Banerjee and Sanjay Chaturvedi, Series Ed. Ranabir Samaddar, pp. 69-94, Sage Publication, New Delhi, 2009.
  • Dolit Somprodaya abong 1857- R Smriti (Dalit Community & Memories of 1857) in 1857, Drohakaal (ed. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya), pp. 271-278, Bengal Association, Delhi, 2009.
  • Imagination, Participation and Nation: A Biography of an Untouchable Nationalist, in the Dalit in Contemporary India: Discrimination and Discontent (Volume I) (ed. Nandu Ram), pp. 105-130, Siddhant Publication, New Delhi, 2008.
  • Reactivating the Past-Dalits and Memories of 1857 in 1857 Essays from Economic and Political Weekly, pp. 177-192, Orient Longman in association with Sameeksha Trust, 2008.
  • BJP’s Political Strategies: Development, Caste, and Electoral Discourse, in the ‘Political Process in Uttar Pradesh: Identity, Economic Reforms and Governance’ (ed. Sudha Pai), pp. 136-156, Pearson Education, Delhi, 2007.
  • Popular Culture and 1857: Memory against Forgetting, in the 1857 Rebellion (ed. Biswomoy Pati), pp. 272-280, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007.
  • Dalit and Memories of 1857, in Rethinking 1857 (ed. by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya), pp. 143-162, Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2007.