OBC movement in Maharashtra

Reclaiming the Bahujan legacy

Authored by: Lata Pratibha Madhukar

The Routledge Handbook of the Other Backward Classes in India

Print publication date:  November  2021
Online publication date:  November  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367610548
eBook ISBN: 9781003152873
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This paper examines the trajectory of the OBC movement in Maharashtra, which claims the legacy of idols and ideology of Satyashodah and Phule-Ambedkarite Movement. It focuses upon the shift in the OBC movement from assertion of identity to a right to livelihood with dignity for the Other Backward Classes, who earlier were known as Shudras while Dalits were known as Atishudras. The paper also traces the journey from identity politics to politics of inclusion and then again to seek new identity beyond caste by accepting Buddhism. It discusses the OBC movement from the Mandal period and its linkages with the existing Bahujan movement. The role of prominent OBC organizations, their formations, agendas, demands and new formations of caste associations is also discussed. The paper is based on available literature, reports, documents and interviews with some prominent leaders in the OBC movement in Maharashtra.

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