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

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Why Did Dalits Desert the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh?

In trying to explain why so many dalits failed to vote for the Bahujan Samaj Party, it is found that there are strong "performance effects" that determined voter choice in the 2012 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. In the eyes of many dalits, particularly the young and the well-off, the BSP did not perform well enough on key issues of governance. The strongest effects for performance issues related to corruption and development during the BSP'S rule.

Changing Patterns of Social Mobility

How successful have state sponsored efforts been at redressing the issue of caste-based inequality in India? This paper analyses the impact of such efforts by probing trends in social mobility and exploring the relationship between caste and occupation. The primary focus is to explore what, if anything, has changed and have such changes made India a more fluid and mobile society than before.

Determinants of Social Mobility in India

The role of caste and community in class mobility and the impact of modernisation on such processes has long been a subject of local ethnographic research. This study, by using sample data from 1996 National Election Study, offers a first time overview of the national scenario. An overview that facilitates several perspectives and a continuing paradox - that opportunities of economic advancement do exist along with persistent and substantial class inequalities.
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