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India's silent revolution : the rise of the lower castes in North India

Author: Christophe Jaffrelot
Publisher: London : Hurst & Co., ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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India has long been dominated by the upper castes, even though the lower castes make up more than two thirds of the population. This book examines how the lower castes have become more assertive in  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christophe Jaffrelot
ISBN: 1850653984 9781850653981 1850656703 9781850656708
OCLC Number: 54023168
Description: xiv, 505 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Gandhian sources of Congress conservatism --
The Congress : party of the intelligentsia, or party of the notables? --
The Congress Party and the scheduled castes : reservations and co-option --
Indira Gandhi, the populist repertoire and the aborted reform of Congress --
Caste transformations in the South and West : ethnicisation and positive discrimination --
Were the low caste movements in North India? --
Cast as the building block of the 'other backward classes' : the impact of reservations --
The Socialists as defenders of the lower castes, Jat politicians as advocates of the peasants --
The quest for power and the first Janata government --
The Janata Dal and the rise to power of the low castes --
The renewal of Dalit politics : the B.S.P. party of the Bahujans? --
The Congress (I) and the 'Coalition of Extremes' revisited --
The Hindu Nationalist division of labour : Sewa Bharti and the BJP between Sanskritisation and 'social engineering'.
Responsibility: Christophe Jaffrelot.
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