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Bihar

Apart from organising the electoral process, the state government has done little to facilitate broader democratic goals through the panchayat elections in the state. The political parties are equally apathetic towards promoting this objective. But the involvement of a large number of people's organisations in the broader election process has made a 'non-political' election into one which has distinct political dimensions because of the presence of the poor and the issues they are raising.

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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