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Caste in the Politics of Post-Colonial West Bengal: A Study in Retrospect

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Doctoral Scholar, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (6), Pages 58-61, June,14 (2014)


Caste has played a very marginal role in the politics of West Bengal since independence. This article argues that that in post-colonial West Bengal caste has been a victim of circumstances which have privileged discourses such as religion, nation and class over that of caste. Today, the electoral decline of the left seems to have finally created favourable situation for caste based mobilization. However, caste politics is still in an embryonic stage and need to overcome practical, ideological and intellectual opposition before it can actually claim political and electoral success.


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