Who Were Dalit Panthers? Describe Their Main Activities. - Political Science


Who were Dalit Panthers? Describe their main activities.



Dalit Panthers was a militant organisation of the Dalit youth which was formed in Maharashtra in 1972. This organisation was formed after the first generation of Dalit graduates began to assert themselves from various platforms. They resorted to mass action for the assertion of Dalit rights. They took this step due to the following reasons:-

  1. The legal mechanism was inadequate in stopping the economic and social oppression of Dalits.
  2. The Republican Party of India supported by Dalits was not successful in electoral politics.
  3. The party faced a split as well. Therefore, the Dalit Panthers resorted to mass action and their activities were mostly centred around fighting the increasing atrocities on Dalits in various parts of the state.
  4. They published numerous autobiographies and other literary works mentioning the brutalities faced by their caste.
Concept: Congress Victory in 1971 Elections
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2015-2016 (March) All India Set 1


  Column 'A'   Column 'B'
a Acharya Narendra Dev 1 Bharatiya Jana Sangh
b A. K. Gopalan 2 Indian National Congress
c Rafi Ahmed Kidwai 3 Praja Socialist Party
d Deen Dayal Upadhyaya 4 Communist Party of India (M)

What were the factors which led to the popularity of Indira Gandhi’s Government in the early 1970s?

Read the passage and answer the questions below :-

“… Indira Gandhi changed the Congress into highly centralised and undemocratic party organisation, from the earlier federal, democratic and ideological formation that Nehru had led. … But this … could not have happened had not Indira Gandhi changed the entire nature of politics. This new, populist politics turned political ideology … into a mere electoral discourse, use of various slogans not meant to be translated into government policies…. During its great electoral victories in early 1970s, amidst the celebration, the Congress party as a political organisation died........... —Sudipta Kaviraj

(a) What according to the author is the difference between the strategies of Nehru and Indira Gandhi?

(b) Why does the author say that the Congress party ‘died’ in the seventies?

(c) In what way, did the change in the Congress party affect other political parties also?

The fifth general election to Lok Sabha was held in ______ 

In the 1971 General Election, the opposition parties formed an alliance against congress. Identify the alliance.

Describe any four steps taken by Indira Gandhi to remove poverty.


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