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

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A New Politics of Caste

Caste has never been a relevant category in the politics of West Bengal. That has now changed with the political assertion of the Matua Mahasangha which represents the organised voice of the Namasudras.

Caste is a legacy of the feudal system and viewing the social scene from the casteist angle is no longer relevant for West Bengal.

– Jyoti Basu (1980)1

I shall work for the Matuas as long as I am alive. I was moved when baro ma told me how her people were being looked down upon as most of them belonged to lower castes. I do not believe in casteism and have no problem if people call me low-caste. I have instructed the railways to fill up all posts for SC/ST immediately.

– Mamata Banerjee (2009)2

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