In Bihar, caste violence erupted like a plague in the late 1990s. There was the armed Ranvir Sena, composed mostly of Bhumihar landlords, baying for Dalit blood. And then there were retaliatory strikes of Maoist groups.
In states like Bihar where the electorate is heavily divided by caste, strategic alliances with little-known parties can make or break the dreams of bigger political players aiming for a piece of the cherry cake at the Centre
Kausalya Shankar started the Shankar Social Justice Trust to fight for a casteless society and assist inter-caste couples in their struggles. She is spearheading a campaign for a special law to protect such couples.
She had got elected on the caste certificate of 'Gond Scheduled Tribe'. A state government panel has found Dhurve's caste to be 'indisputably Bisen/Pawar', which is not notified as a Scheduled Tribe (ST) in Madhya Pradesh.