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Dalit Question and Political Response

In the existing literature the concept of mobilisation is used to analyse electoral strategies employed by political parties to obtain votes from a section of the population - in this case dalits. This aspect has been extensively covered for both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh during the 1990s. The attempt here is to understand the response of political parties to fundamental shifts in the democratic arena in the 1990s in these two states: the decline of the single-dominant party system and the emergence of narrower political formations based on identity which has created a more competitive environment. The differential patterns of mobilisation employed by the BSP and the Congress in the two states using state power from above to put into effect programmes for dalits in order to enlarge their support base among them are examined.

BJP and Reservations

The issue of reservation has more often than not formed an important electoral issue for every party, especially on election eve and the BJP has not been an exception to this. But its harping on the 'economically backward classes' has meant a complete about-turn from the politics of 'Kamandal vs Mandal' that it preached through most of the early 1990s.

Caste, Class and Politics in West Bengal

This study analyses the interrelationships between caste, class and politics in a village in West Bengal and looks into the reasons for the relative absence of the rural proletariat in the political process. This relationship has been drawn both at the level of the panchayat raj institutions and the organisational structure of the dominant political party in the village.

Vanniyar Separatism

The vanniyars' case for a separate state stands on loose ground. The movement, nevertheless draws attention to the current absence of a rallying point for a caste-based party in the context of the strengthening multi-caste, multi-party nature of electoral politics.

Tamil Nadu s Backward Classes Compartmentalised Reservations

Compartmentalised Reservations M Lakshmanan Given the emerging scenario of caste feuds between backward classes and scheduled castes and the effective use this is put to by political parties, a new mechanism which provides additional advantages to the most depressed is necessary. The Tamil Nadu polity of compartmentalised reservation for backward classes and the most backward classes seeks to do just this.

Scheduled Castes and Tribes- The Left s Lost Role

pressures than say the removal of Solanki that might lead the anti-reservationists to withdraw their stir. Possibly they might even come to an agreement with the government. But such agreements will at best be temporary. Electoral compulsions are likely to push the Congress(I) government into granting fresh concessions to the backward castes, which might again provoke the upper castes to take to the streets.

Scheduled Caste Voters New Data, New Questions

Studies of voting behaviour of scheduled caste voters often arrive at different, even contradictory conclusions, though they generally agree that 'bloc voting' is a feature of scheduled caste voting behaviour. These studies rely for the most part on three sources of data to cross-check casual observations: studies of particular scheduled caste communities sample surveys; and studies of differences in election results between reserved and non-reserved constituencies.

Social Background of Scheduled Caste Lok Sabha Members, 1962-71

Lok Sabha Members, 1962-71 G Narayana This paper attempts to analyse the changing characteristics of the scheduled caste members of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Lok Sabhas, from 1962 to 1971. It finds that while as a rule the decision makers at the national level reflect a social background different from that of the population which they represent, this contradiction is less evident as far as the scheduled caste members of the earlier Lok Sabha is con- cerned. But over a period, the scheduled caste members have begun to acquire all the characteristic of the general members of the Lok Sabha. This, to an extent, indicates the emerging homogeneity among the Indian political elite.

Caste and Politics

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