Ambedkar: Constitutionalism and State Structure

Mahendra Prasad Singh

Background: Political Mobilization

The 1980s may be regarded as the phase of Indian electoral democracy that witnessed two major developments: the fruition of the process of federalisation of a predominantly parliamentary regime and the political arrival of the dalit citizens. It is not my argument that these two trends were entirely new in Indian politics. The antecedents of both may well be traced back to the entire post-Independence decades. However, it was by the 1980s and later that these two processes crossed the thresholds of new moments of efficacy in the politics of the Indian nation. Ambedkar is a posthumous purodha (high priest) of the dalit political assertion ...

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