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The Importance of Caste in Bengal

Whether caste emerges as a relevant category in the politics of West Bengal depends crucially on how one defines "politics" and how one studies it. A response to Praskanva Sinharay, "A New Politics of Caste", EPW, 25 August 2012.

The authors would like to thank Nate Roberts, Alpa Shah, Stig Toft Madsen, Dilip Menon, Akshay Mangla, and Lipika Kamra for d­iscussing the ideas in this essay with them. Alpa Shah, Stig Toft Madsen, Mridu Rai and Nate Roberts read this essay carefully and s­uggested improvements that have spared us some egregious errors.

Praskanva Sinharay (2012: 26) restates the oft-heard proposition that caste does not matter much in West Bengal politics:

The politics of West Bengal, compared to other states of India, had been truly unique, particularly with regard to the caste question. Caste was considered antagonistic to ‘modern’ politics; it never had been a determinant category in the electoral politics of the province.

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