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Inequality and Poverty Research Programme, Department of Anthropology, LSE
and the
Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK

invite you to a seminar to mark the
124th Birth Anniversary Commemoration of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

17th June: 2.30-4.00 in Room 6.06A, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Ramnarayan S Rawat
Discussant: Jens Lerche
Chair: Alpa Shah

The Political Success of the Dalit Movement in North India:
A Historical Perspective

Why is the Dalit movement so successful in North India?  This talk will provide a historical perspective to understand the unique strength of Dalit political struggle in the twentieth century. In doing so the the talk will elucidate the critical role that the Chamars have played in this process.

Ramnarayan S Rawat (Ram Rawat) is Smuts Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge and Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware.  He is currently working on his new book titled, “Parallel Publics: A New History of Indian Democracy.”   Most recently he has coedited, “Dalit Studies: Unfreedom and Modernity in India,” forthcoming with Duke University Press.  He is the author of Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011).

Jens Lerche is Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies. He has written extensively on dalit struggles and agrarian change and labour in India. He is the editor of Journal of Agrarian Change. His present research is on inequality and poverty of Dalits and Adivasis in India, and on labour conditions and the working poor in India and China.

Alpa Shah is Reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She is the author of In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in India. She has worked on India’s Naxalite insurgency, on which she is writing her next book. She leads the Inequality and Poverty Research Programme which asks why India’s Adivasis and Dalits remain at the bottom of the economic and social hierarchy.

For enquiries please contact a.m.shah@lse.ac.uk