Mayawati's recent victory, in May 2007, in the Uttar Pradesh elections has been hailed as a spectacular display of subaltern power. The questions remain: who are these subalterns? To what extent do they form a coherent block, with similar fears, hopes and aspirations, and how are subalterns visions of the state, social justice and equality articulated? This paper explores some of these questions, by examining the example of the boatman community in Banaras, belonging to the Mallah (Nishad)...[Show more]
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