Harsh criticism against the political elites is one of the most important characteristics of India’s liberal democracy. Various democratic forums formulate their own critical understanding about the governing authorities and propose their own alternatives to correct it as a fair and responsible agency. In the recent times, the heightened public protest over political nepotism and growing practices of corruption in the high offices by the Team Anna’s anti-corruption movement substantively endorses the need for such a critical agency.
In our time all what the ‘emblem’ of Dalit politics strives is to simply hold on to power. Thereby, losing its ‘real’ political edge in the world of Indian politics - of the clientele- patronage system, which in turn has resulted in directing the whole movement towards a path which can be anything but the path towards a larger societal change where one wishes to see the absolute dismantling of the caste hierarchies.Moggallan Bharti, student of political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, writes.