Dalits, Globalization and Economism
Relationship of dalits and globalization has been construed in manyways. This paper proposes that interpretations centring on mereeconomism have profoundly eclipsed various facets of this relationship.'Economic' construal entails that not only defenders of globalizationhave found its sui generis aspect only in economic-interlinking of nationstates and societies but also oppositional forces have zeroed onperforating sovereign economic structure of the nation state due toglobalization. In the case of defenders, this is a matter of selective choicewhereby they can push forward their subtle but not so subtle agenda.Nevertheless, for the oppositional and alternative forces, this is nothingbut solecism. This invites explication. Opposing globalization(especially in the context of deprived sections) through merely economicargument per se has been meted out by defenders through 'prosperitysyndrome' i.e., exhibition of quadrupling GDP, growth rate, emergenceof exclusive artefacts like malls and multiplexes. Prosperity syndromedeliberately creates a few elites across the sections to celebrate'economism.' In this context, for oppositional and alternative forces, itbecomes difficult to reveal the real effect of globalization on dalits.Therefore, there is a need to look beyond this unilinear interpretation. Inthe context of globalization where prosperity syndrome occupies thedebate, this paper endeavours to discuss democratic right for dalits.
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