ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Sui Generis System

(including themandir masjid dispute) and it would be interesting to see bow the SP-BSP combination consolidates its position among the most important segment of their support base. The social and class basis of the dalits entails a measure of 'anti-establishment' politics of struggle which the BSP has not upheld with any consistency till now. Kanshi Ram has been essentially following a pragmatic line of getting political concessions from established political parties like the Congress and BJP, ignoring the fact that the dalit question is related not to just sharing of political power but to the working of the Brahminical order itself. Moreover, in UP particularly, the SP-BSP's approach towards the Congress may reduce the combine to working as a regional wing of the Congress.

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