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Democracy and Identity Politics in India: Is It a Snake or a Rope?

A version of this paper was presented in the workshop on Ranajit Guha’s “Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India”, organised by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi on 15–16 February 2013. I am thankful to Dipesh Chakrabarty, Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak, Gyan Pandey, Gyan Prakash and others who were at the workshop for their insightful comments on the paper. I am also grateful to the anonymous referee who gave several positive suggestions, which have helped to improve the quality of the paper.

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