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Title: Dalit empowerment, narratives and violence: Locating Ambedkar through select films
Authors: Rajan, Benson
Venkatraman, Shreya
Keywords: Ambedkar
Caste Violence
Symbolic Representation
Identity Politics
Issue Date: Jul-2021
Publisher: Sage Spectrum, New Delhi
Citation: Rajan, B and Venkataraman, S. (2021). Dalit empowerment, narratives and violence: Locating Ambedkar through select films. In B. Das and D. P. Majhi (Eds.), Caste communication and power, (pp.198-212), New Delhi: Sage Spectrum
Abstract: In March 2017, the village of Thottiyapati in Tamil Nadu saw Dalit homes being damaged and the members of the community being abused (Vinita 2017). It was the battle for water that led to a fight between the Dalit community of Arunthathiyar and the upper caste Thottinayaykars. In the conflict, it was unclear who the victim and the perpetrator were, with cases filed against members of both the groups for inciting violence and harassment. The Dalit community’s participation in communal violence as a solution to a basic problem like water supply raises questions about the relevance of Ambedkar’s ideas in the context of socio-political empowerment.
ISBN: 9789391370824
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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