Dalit nationalism refers to the Dalit movements that are associated with the establishment of a homeland for the Dalits in the Indian sub-continent. A homeland is often known as Dalit Rashtra, Dalit Raj, Dalit Rajya, Dalitistan, Dalitdom or Post-Hindu India. Dalit Rashtra can be defined as a democracy which is "of the Dalits, for the Dalits and by the Dalits".
The politics of Dalit nationalism has been brought into full play only in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Bahujan Samaj Party, representing the Dalit community, has consistently polled 20 percent of the vote in the elections in the last two decades, and even shared power with one of its rivals, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindutva party. As of 2011[update], it rules the state alone.