Dalits and Discourses of Anti-Caste Movements in Kerala, India

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K.S. Madhavan
Rajesh Komath


This article locates various historical discourses of anti-caste imaginaries and articulations that are imprinted in the historical past of Kerala society. Unravelling historical and social theoretical trends, it examines broadly an anti-caste imaginary articulating notions of equality and addressing various events, personnel interventions, policies and ideologies made discursive politics in Kerala. As ideologies and its consequent effects upon society are political, the article substantially makes comments and interprets the Dalit-Bahujan world grounded on the lived experiences of Dalits in Kerala. The article brings forth discourses of social movements, production of Dalit icons, critical narratives on untouchability and communist positions about caste. But, a new imagination, academic and aesthetical engagements of Dalit-Bahujans in the form of the production of Dalit art and literature informs new articulation of Dalit politics in Kerala.

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Madhavan, K., & Komath, R. (2023). Dalits and Discourses of Anti-Caste Movements in Kerala, India. CASTE A Global Journal on Social Exclusion, 4(2), 351–366. https://doi.org/10.26812/caste.v4i2.684
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