Democracy and unity in India : understanding the All India phenomenon, 1940-1960 / Emily Rook-Koepsel.
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. , ©2019
- Routledge studies in South Asian history; 19.
Routledge studies in South Asian history ; 19
xi, 140 pages ; 24 cm.
- Dalits -- Political activity -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- Political activity -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Political participation -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Democracy -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Dalits -- Political activity.
Politics and government.
Women -- Political activity.
All India Scheduled Castes Federation -- History.
All India Women's Conference -- History.
All India Scheduled Castes Federation.
All India Women's Conference.
India -- Politics and government -- 1947-
India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947.
- "This book analyses the ways in which organizations and individuals in India grappled with and contested definitions of democracy and unity in the decades directly preceding and following independent Indian statehood. The All India Scheduled Castes Federation and the All India Women's Conference are used as case studies to explore Indian Dalit and women activists' attempts to reconceptualize universal citizenship, Indian identity, dissent, and principled democracy during a moment of uncertainty in India's political life. The author argues that, because the Indian nation and the Indian state remained in flux during the 1940s and 50s, marginal political actors, writers, social activists and others were able to propose novel forms of democratic participation and new ideas about what it would mean to be a unified state that appreciates political responsibility, a respect for difference and a broader perspective of the population. Moreover, this book suggests that this redefinition of Indian politics is more widespread than generally understood and considers how strategies used by both organizations featured have continued to be part of the national story about democracy and dissent in India. Through an examination of public discourse, caste politics, women's rights advocacy and popular literature, this book excavates the traces of fundamental uncertainty regarding definitions and expectations of democracy and unity in India. It will be of interest to academics in the fields of modern South Asian history, democracy and nationalism, postcolonialism, gender studies, political organisation and global history"-- Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: Becoming All India
Naming caste politics : All India Scheduled Castes Federation's politics of Indian unity
Democracy, voice, and principle : the political life of the All India Scheduled Castes Federation
All India Women : citizenship politics of the All India Women's Conference
Conclusion: A national history of "anti-national" dissent.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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