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Dr. sanjay PrasadDepartment:
present paper is all about the efforts of JogendranathMandal for ameliorating
the hardships of the Dalits through the Bengal unit of Scheduled Castes
Federation (SCF) from1943 to 1947. In this context, the Federation endeavoured
to create an independent political platform by entering into a strategic
alliance with the Muslim League. To achieve these goals, Mandal and his
Federation ran through the following crucial points such as anti-Poona Pact day
and the Dalit-Muslim League alliance, the election of 1946, Ambedkar’s election
to the Constituent Assembly, the Calcutta riots, his nomination to the Interim
Government and the anti-partition agitation. But Congress not only adopted all evil
measures to side line the Federation rather ensured its defeat in the election.
The paper also shows how the Congress’ and Hindu Mahasabha’s majoritarian
instinct led to the partition of Bengal and thus crippled the Scheduled Castes
Federation’s fight for the political autonomy of Dalit downtrodden.
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