The violence against visitors to the Dalit memorial at Bhima-Koregaon on January 1st resulted in a Maharashtra-wide bandh on January 3rd. Both the action and the reaction caught the nation unawares. Was it a case of Dalit assertion across India or the escalating tension between Marathas and Dalits in Maharashtra? What is the role of the fringe Hindutva groups like Shiv Pratishthan and Hindu Ekta Aghadi that are being blamed for instigating the attacks?
On Off Centre this week Dalit leader and grandson of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar who called for the Maharashtra bandh shares his analysis of the new caste fault lines that are developing in India.