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dc.contributor.authorGodsmark, Oliver
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-05T08:54:52Z
dc.date.available2019-02-05T08:54:52Z
dc.date.issued2019-08-13
dc.identifier.citationGodsmark, O.J., (2018). " Civis Indianus sum": Ambedkar on democracy and territory during linguistic reorganisation (and partition)'. Modern Asian Studies. doi: 10.1017/S0026749X18000367.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/623481
dc.description.abstractThis article considers Ambedkar’s ideas about the implementation of democracy in India, in the context of the linguistic reorganisation of provincial administrative boundaries. In doing so, it looks to emphasise the importance of territorial configurations to Dalit politics during this period, and in particular the consequences of ‘provincialisation’, which has received little attention within the existing literature. Rethinking space by redrawing administrative territory provided Ambedkar with one potential avenue through which to escape the strictures of Dalits’ minority status. In this vision, linguistic reorganisation (and partition) were harbingers of greater democratisation and potential palliatives to the threat of Hindu majority rule at the centre. In turn, however, Ambedkar simultaneously came to perceive the creation of these new administrative spaces as marking a new form of provincial majoritarianism, despite his best efforts to form alliances with those making such demands. In this sense, the article also seeks to address some of the shared processes behind linguistic reorganisation and partition, as two related forms of territorial redrawing. In the face of these demands, and the failures of both commensuration and coalition politics, Ambedkar turned to the idea of separate settlements for Dalits, whereby they might themselves come to constitute a majority. Whilst such a novel attempt at separation and resettlement was not ultimately realised, its emergence within Ambedkar’s thought at this time points towards its significance in any history of caste and untouchability in twentieth-century South Asia.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press.en_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X18000367en_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/133997/
dc.subjectcasteen_US
dc.subjectAmbedkaren_US
dc.subjectlanguageen_US
dc.subjectMaharashtraen_US
dc.subjectregionen_US
dc.subjectDaliten_US
dc.subjectnon-Brahmanen_US
dc.subjectMarathaen_US
dc.subjectpartitionen_US
dc.subjectPakistanen_US
dc.subjectSouth Asiaen_US
dc.subjectdemocracyen_US
dc.subjectterritoryen_US
dc.subjectcommunityen_US
dc.subjectmajorityen_US
dc.subjectminorityen_US
dc.title'Civis Indianus Sum': ambedkar on democracy and territory during linguistic reorganisation (and partition).en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sheffielden_US
dc.identifier.journalModern Asian Studies.en_US
dc.dateAccepted2018-08-06
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-08-06
refterms.dateFOA2019-02-05T08:54:53Z


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