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Caste and Democratic Politics in India

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Item Code: NAG207
Author: Ghanshyam Shah
Publisher: Permanent Black
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9788178240954
Pages: 421
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 422 gms

About the Book

The Indian constitution seeks to prevent the perpetuation of caste and build a casteless social system. But this has not happened. Therefore no understanding o Indian politics is possible without a through understanding of the complexities of caste.

Structured into four parts and prefaced by a long introduction by the volume editor, this book begins by examining various meanings of caste. The essays and book extracts in its first section include classic writings on caste, including those by G.S. Ghurye, Louis Dumont, Mahatma Gandhi, and B.R. Ambedkar.

The second part consists of essays on the relation between caste and power. The third comprises material on caste and Indian political practices on the ground. The fourth, on caste and social transformation, includes discussion on the heated debate relating to reservations for socially backward caste.

This volume offers state of the art essays on the subject of caste and politics in contemporary India.

About the Author

GHANSHYAM SHAH was professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has edited and authored numerous books and essays on the subject of caste, class, and politics in India.

Contents

 

  Acknowledgements vii
  List of Contributors viii
1 Introduction: Caste and Democratic Politics 1
  Part I. The meanings of caste 33
  Introduction 35
2 Features of the Caste System 38
3 Hierarchy: The Theory of the Varna 60
4 Caste Must Go 80
5 Caste in India 83
6 Ram Manohar Lohia on Caste in Indian politics 108
7 Caste, Class and Property Relations 134
  Part II. The diffusion of power 163
  Introduction 165
8 The Transformation of Authority in Rural India 167
9 Caste and Class: Social Reality and political Representations 209
10 Federating for political Interests: The Kshatriyas of Gujarat 234
  Part III. Caste and political process 267
  INTRODUCTION 269
11 Pragmatic Progressives in Regional politics: The Case of Devraj Urs 271
12 The BJP and Backward Castes in Gujarat 295
13 New Phase in Backward Caste politics in Bihar, 1990-2000 315
14 Dalit Assertion through Electoral Politics 356
  Part IV. Caste and social transformation 385
  Introduction 387
15 Social Backwardness and the politics of Reservations 388
16 The Anti-caste Movement and the Discourse of power 413
  Appendix to Chapter 16 432
  Bibliography 437

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