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Identity Equations and Electoral Politics

The changes in landownership pattern, educational mobility, and occupational diversification among socio-religious groups in Uttar Pradesh provide crucial insights into the contemporary nature of political mobilisation in UP. Based on a survey of over 7,000 households, representing all socio-religious groups in 14 districts of the state, the article assesses these changes and points to the disparities between the various groups and, more importantly, to the intra-group inequalities that exist within each group. To effectively mobilise support, political parties will have to look beyond the numbers and recognise the acute differences existing within castes.

Does Untouchability Exist among Muslims?

Untouchability forms a crucial criterion for inclusion in the list of Scheduled Castes. It is rarely discussed with reference to Muslims. A household survey was conducted in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh to examine contradictory claims about the practice of untouchability by non-Dalit Muslims and Hindus towards Dalit Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. A section of Dalit Muslim respondents report existence of untouchability in dining relations, habitation, social interaction and access to religious places. Surprisingly, a higher proportion of non-Dalit Muslims corroborate these claims.

Industrial Spurt in Uttar Pradesh Myth or Reality

February 16, 1985 Industrial Spurt in Uttar Pradesh Myth or Reality? T S Papola Fahimuddin THE proverbially backward and slow growing economy of Uttar Pradesh is believed to have turned the corner during the last few years and the recent official statements and documents go to suggest that it is now poised for fast growth. Two phenomena form the basis of and are referred to as evidence for this optimism. First, the agricultural economy of the eastern part of the state, characterised by low and stagnant yield levels, has experienced a jump in productivity, particularly in the production of wheat. Second, the state which has lagged behind mainly due to its industrial backwardness has experienced a fast growth in the number of large, medium and small industrial units during recent years. Overall, the state is likely to achieve the growth rate targeted in the Sixth Plan. With 1979-80 as base, the growth during the Sixth Plan is estimated to be 7.9 per cent per annum; and even if 1978-79, a very good year, is taken as the base, the average annual growth rate is likely to be about 4.4 per cent. Annual growth rate in agriculture is likely to be 3.2 per cent and in industry 7.4 per cent, with 1978-79 as base.
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