Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2009

The Dalit Movement and Democratization in Andhra Pradesh

K.Y. Ratnam

December 2008

East-West Center


This study argues that the democratic state in India is an historical product of very specific circumstances; as such the broader idea of democracy is not consistent with the specific Caste system. Therefore, there is serious juxtaposition between the institutional promise of democracy and the real practice of democracy in relation to the victims of the caste system, the Dalits.