ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Lynchings in Bihar: Reassertion of Dominant Castes

The recent lynching of so-called thieves in Bihar is in reality the killing of dalits by the dominant castes, who find themselves sidelined by the present state government and want to reassert themselves. There is no organised protest because unlike in other parts of the country, dalits here have never had a strong political organisation of their own.


According to the 2001 Census, dalits account for 15.57 per cent of Bihar’s population. But irrespective of this, dalits do not have any place in the social, economic, political and cultural life of Bihar. It is this social reality which goes to establish that the dalits of Bihar are excluded and marginalised. In a state where casteism, feudalism, patriarchy and communitarian allegiance are highly active and interlinked, they become victims of the social order.

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