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

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Caste Inequalities in Contemporary Assam

The prevalence of caste-based inequalities in contemporary Assam is examined in this article. Although scholars in the context of North East India in general have examined caste–tribe relations and racial discrimination, caste-based disparities and discrimination in Assam are yet to be explored in the academic discourse. It is argued that caste hierarchies are firmly embedded in the everyday life of Assamese society. An intersectional approach is necessary to re-examine the relation between caste inequalities and gender, tribe, and class in Assam.

The authors thank the anonymous reviewer for their constructive comments, which immensely helped in improving this article.

In the context of North East India in general and Assam in particular, there is a general assumption that caste inequalities do not exist as rigidly as compared to other parts of the country. Such an argument primarily focuses on racism and ethnic violence. Scholars in the context of North East India specifically have studied racial and caste discrimination (Kikon 2021; Rai 2022; Haokip 2021); however, caste-based inequalities and discrimination in the context of Assam have been largely unexplored.

Emergence of Caste System in Assam

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Updated On : 13th Dec, 2023
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