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The Importance of Caste in Bengal

Whether caste emerges as a relevant category in the politics of West Bengal depends crucially on how one defines "politics" and how one studies it. A response to Praskanva Sinharay, "A New Politics of Caste", EPW, 25 August 2012.

Praskanva Sinharay (2012: 26) restates the oft-heard proposition that caste does not matter much in West Bengal politics:

The politics of West Bengal, compared to other states of India, had been truly unique, particularly with regard to the caste question. Caste was considered antagonistic to ‘modern’ politics; it never had been a determinant category in the electoral politics of the province.

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