The Politics of Communalism and Caste

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Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Anthropology of India
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781405198929
StatePublished - 27 Apr 2011


  • Challenges to status identity of upper castes - political and economic developments of 1980s
  • Communalism, caste and state reservations - Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh
  • Communalism, nationalism, and terrorism - politics of communalism and caste
  • Growth of communalism - changing nature of Islam or Christianity
  • Hindu nationalist movement, successful - plausible resolution to social insecurities
  • Identity politics as a race to the bottom - spells of violence in Rajasthan, Gujjars' struggle for inclusion in state ST list
  • Major communal violence, 1990, 1992 and 2002 - deadly pogrom against Muslims in state of Gujarat
  • Muslims and Christians in India - large group of Hindu caste minorities
  • Social identities between caste conflicts and communalism - Gujarat, and antireservation riots, becoming communal violence
  • Upward mobility of sections among dalits - new class-based identifications

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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