The Dalit Panthers

The Dalit Panthers, organized in June 1972 in Siddhartha Nagar, Bombay, emerged as a resistance group against caste discrimination. Known to have based their political strategies on the US Black Panthers – a social movement that fought against police brutality during the Civil Rights Movement – questions have emerged around whether the Dalit Panthers were simply a ‘copycat’ Black Panther movement, or whether they succeeded in the South Asian context. This blog will attempt to analyse this claim…