ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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A View from Bihar

Caste and Agrarian Class

The nexus that exists between class power and the state compounds the continuing oppression of the 'underclass' in Bihar. State operations further perpetuate the connections between caste and class. Thus land reforms ostensibly designed to benefit the disadvantaged are subverted by vested interests who dominate the state's politics and administration. Any attempt on the part of the underclass to politically mobilise has been met by brutal state repression by dominant caste militias. The all-pervasive gender bias that allows the exploitation of women, and the raging illiteracy that afflicts the underclass accentuates this oppression.



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