India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India

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Columbia University Press, 2003 - Political Science - 505 pages

Since the 1960s a new assertiveness has characterized India's formerly silent majority, the lower castes that comprise more than two-thirds of the population. Today India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, is controlled by lower-caste politicians, as is Bihar, and lower-caste representation in national politics is growing inexorably. Jaffrelot argues that this trend constitutes a genuine "democratization" of India and that the social and economic effects of this "silent revolution" are bound to multiply in the years to come.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
CONGRESS IN POWER OR INDIA
11
party of the intelligentsia or party
48
Indira Gandhi the populist repertoire and the aborted
115
THE UNEVEN EMANCIPATION
144
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167
Were there Low Caste movements in North India?
185
bhakti
199
QUOTA POLITICS
254
The quest for power and the first Janata Government
305
The Janata Dal and the rise to power of
335
The B S P party of
387
THE UPPER CASTES POLITICAL
426
Sewa
453
Conclusion
492
Index
501

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Christophe Jaffrelot is director of the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), part of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He is the author of The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, which the New York Review of Books hailed as "a scholarly tour de force."

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