Panthers in Parliament: Dalits, Caste, and Political Power in South India by Hugo GorringePanthers in Parliament: Dalits, Caste, and Political Power in South India by Hugo Gorringe

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

byHugo Gorringe

Hardcover | February 3, 2017

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In the late 1990s, a group representing Dalits in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu called the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchior Liberation Panthers Partyshook the established social and political structures. For over a decade they boycotted elections, questioning the legitimacy of institutionsthat 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 were pushed into electoral politics. How the Panthers mobilized themselves and managed to effect changes in Tamil Nadus politics is the main premise of this ethnographic account. Looking into the processes of transitiontherein, the author discusses how caste considerations inform and underpin politics in the state and whether the Panthers will erode or adapt to hegemonic caste power. With its micro-empirical focus on identity politics in Tamil Nadu, the book also explores diverse dimensions of mobilization andways in which contentious politics alters political regimes.
Hugo Gorringe is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Title:Panthers in Parliament: Dalits, Caste, and Political Power in South IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pagesPublished:February 3, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Surinder S. Jodhka: ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsGlossaryIntroduction: An Elegy for a Lost Movement?Part I: From Movement to Party1. Institutionalizing Caste Politics in Tamil Nadu2. Twenty-First Century Casteism? Discrimination, Hierarchy, and Politics in Contemporary Tamil Nadu3. From Protest to Politics: The Institutionalization of the PanthersPart II: The Process of Institutionalization4. Doing Tamil Politics: Informal Institutionalization5. Symbolism over Substance? Symbols, Space, and PowerPart III: Co-option and Compromise: Taming the Panthers?6. The Paradox of Parali Puthur: Leadership in Question7. The 'Sewer of Politics': Corruption, Co-optation, and CompromisePart IV: Beyond Institutional Politics8. Subnational Nationalism: Reinventing Tamilness from Below?9. The Power of the Panthers: The Outcomes of Dalit PoliticsBibliographyIndexAbout the Author