Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor: Ghanshyam Shah
Publisher: Permanent Black
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178240246
The Indian constitution seeks to prevent the perpetuation of caste and build a casteless social system. But this has not happened over the fifty-odd years since Indian independence, and shows little sign of happening in the near future. Therefore no understanding of Indian politics is possible without a thorough understanding of the complexities of caste.
The aim of this book is to bring about such an understanding. Structured into four parts and prefaced by a substantial introduction by the volume editor-himself an internationally reputed authority on the subject- it begins by examining the various meanings attached to the notion of caste. The essays and book extracts in this 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 which demonstrate the relation between caste and power. The third part comprises material which investigates caste and various Indian political practices on the ground.The fourth, on caste and social transformation, includes discussion on the most heated debate within contemporary Indian politics, namely the issue of reservations’ for socially backward castes.
This volume offers important essays on the subject of caste and politics in contemporary India. It covers all the important ground that students and scholars need in order to get to grips with the idea, ideology and ground realities of India’s caste system
List of Contributors
Introduction: Caste and Democratic Politics
PART I THE MEANINGS OF CASTE
PART II THE DIFFUSION OF POWER
PART III CASTE AND POLITICAL PROCESSES
PART IV CASTE AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 16