Lecture by Professor Sudha Pai

The political association on the 24th of February 2015 organized a lecture by Professor Sudha Pai on “Dalit Assertion and the BSP: Possibilities and Limits” Sudha Pai is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She joined the Centre for Political Studies in 1980 as Assistant Professor.

Her graduation and post-graduation was from the University of Delhi and her M/Phil and Ph.D. from the Centre for Political Studies. Her research interests include Dalit Politics, State Politics in India, Agrarian Politics, Globalization and Legislative Governance. She was Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti, New Delhi (2006-09). She is also well known for her articles in national newspapers.

Professor Pai spoke about the Ambedkarite movement and its limitations, the different nature of Dalit movements across India and the three stages of the rise of BSP politics. She highlighted the various contradictions that emerged in the Dalit movement and spoke of the politics of exclusion versus the politics of inclusion. She highlighted the challenges posed by the system when a political movement enters electoral politics. Prof. Pai stated that the continuing problem of violence against Dalits is not just a reflection of the shortcomings of Dalit parties like the BSP but a reflection on the failures of Indian democracy.

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