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the memorial to the ground? Barring Pantnagar perhaps, where by and large the homogeneity of the victims was mainly regional and not explicitly related to their caste status, the attacks against the rural poor in recent times have begun to take on increasingly the appearance of a fairly systematic pogrom directed against the lower castes and the scheduled castes by the middle and upper castes. The material factors involved in the attacks are all too obvious, mostly being right of possession over land, tenancy, ploughing and reaping rights, share of crop, etc: nevertheless, it is significant that some of the sharpest outbursts involving these issues have taken on the appearance of broad caste confrontations. The issue is extremely complicated and no facile identification of caste with class, or a dogmatic refusal to take into consideration the caste ramificaions in what for all appearances seems to be a confrontation between the owner of productive resources and those who actually labour to extract wealth out of it, is going to work.

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