The Dalits remain the only “ethnic” group in India that has not experimented with the idiom of violence; nor have they challenged the constitutional arrangement. Violence against the state or against other ethnic groups is an everyday phenomenon in India. Many extremist groups have tried to enlist the Dalits in their “struggles” against the Indian state but rarely do we hear of the Dalits arming themselves. Instead, Kanshi Ram’s BSP is a potent advertisement that numbers, not violence, work in democratic India. No mean achievement, and for this alone modern India needs to be thankful to Kanshi Ram.
Note that Dalits have not experimented with violence in spite of the violence practised against them. A sociological study as to the reasons behind this will be very interesting and enlightening, I guess.