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Seeking Political Alternative: Perspectives on Peasants Activism in Ambedkar’s Newspaper Janata

This paper will focus on the anti-Khoti peasant agitations held in rural Konkan by consulting Ambedkar’s newspaper Janata. Through the writings of Janata, we get a clearer picture of how political activism in Konkan in the 1930s was conducted under Ambedkar’s leadership. Janata thus highlights and marks the peculiarities of anti-caste peasant activism. It also demonstrates how Ambedkar’s ideas and activism influenced the Dalit self and were simultaneously influenced by the interlocutors within and outside the Dalit community. This paper will also focus on the fascinating developments in organised Dalit politics of the 1930s. Janata’s writings mainly help track the strengths and weaknesses of Dalit radicalism in Konkan.

Nationalist Rhetoric and the Politics of Panic

The unfolding of the plague crisis of 1896 in the Bombay Presidency played an instrumental role in shaping a new vocabulary of nationalism and regional politics in western India. The plague epidemic led to further consolidation of the upper caste-led conservative politics in western India. It was in the aftermath of the deadly plague crisis that the political discourse of cultural revivalism dominated by the Brahmins gathered incredible momentum, resulting in the consolidation of Hindu nationalist voices in western India.

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