This chapter presents the findings of a study conducted in Sabarkantha District Gujarat, where the deep-rooted practice of having certain people marked as ‘untouchable’ has left the dalits on the margins of society and polity. The central question of the chapter deals with the democratic outcomes that flow from mobilizations for social justice that take place within institutions created by the state to promote democracy. By analysing the democratic outcome of the dalit mobilization in panchayats in Sabarkantha, the author focuses on three critical dimensions that constitute a democratic outcome: democracy within local governance institutions, democracy in social relations and democracy in the distribution of development resources to dalits.
Owing to copyright restrictions, only the first 3 pages are attached, together with a link to the book at Zed Books.
Mohanty, R. The infinite agenda of social justice: dalit mobilization in Indian institutions of local governance. In: Mobilising for Democracy: Citizen Action and the Politics of Public Participation. V.S.P. Coelho and B. von Lieres (Editors). Zed Books, London, UK (2010) ISBN 9781848134454 (Hardback)