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Panthers in Parliament: Dalits, Caste, and Political Power in South India

Hugo Gorringe


In the late 1990s, a group representing Dalits in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu called the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi—or Liberation Panthers Party—shook the established social and political structures. For over a decade they boycotted elections, questioning the legitimacy of institutions that failed to implement constitutional provisions and allowed casteism to persist. The Panthers conducted mass awareness campaigns for Dalit liberation, instilling a sense of empowerment in a hitherto marginalized population. Eventually, labelled as extremists and alienated by the State, the Panthers wer ... More

Keywords: Dalit politics, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Tamil Nadu, Caste, institutionalization

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199468157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugo Gorringe, author
Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

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