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Subaltern Democracy: Arising Politics Against Indian Fascism

A Talk by B Rajeevan

October 8, 2017

B Rajeevan, writer and critic, lays the groundwork and explores the history and contemporaneity of 'subaltern democracy'. He speaks about the rise of the subaltern as a force of resistance against the right-wing forces, and how it poses a challenge to the established narratives and meta-narratives of the 'liberal-left', especially in Dalit politics and thinking. While, historically, the subaltern has been positioned in opposition to the centres of power (of the State, of the ruling class), Rajeevan moves past this oversimplification and attempts to digress this positioning by framing subaltern democracy as a viable political alternative and as a force of resistance against the tendencies of Indian fascism.