ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Caste

Caste’s Quiet Role

The transformation of agricultural land in the periphery of Patna into the high-value settlement of Rajeev Nagar over 50 years is analysed to show how a coalition of the four privileged Hindu upper castes acts to leverage control over state and civic institutions in order to informally occupy and develop land and achieve its regularisation. Emerging from the Rajeev Nagar experience, we argue that the upper castes are advantaged in urbanisation processes through the refashioning of caste as networks, relations and knowledge. Caste and its social relations are crucial in shaping urban transformation in exclusive and selective ways.

Capitalising Caste in Yadadri

Capital and caste are identified in this paper as dominant factors shaping the land market in a rapidly growing Telangana redevelopment project of the Hindu religious Yadadri temple town. The rampant dispossession of small and marginal farmers, labourers, workers, shopkeepers, street vendors, autorickshaw drivers, Dalits and marginalised communities are discussed in this paper through the process of “accumulation by dispossession.” Engaging with the framework of capital and caste for understanding contemporary Indian political economy, this paper elucidates the process of agricultural land meeting real estate economy in a suburban religious town.

A Passing of the Past, An Epistolary Rumination 1/n Caste and Legal Education

This article builds on letter writing as a discursive method to engage with university systems, administrators and communities more widely—especially students currently enrolled in law schools, colleges, faculty and practitioners of law—about structural inequalities that are embedded within educational institutions. Making a case for more caste-conscious approaches to legal education, this article critically examines gaps in legal education, especially those that relate to caste, reservation quotas, epistemology and method, and suggests constructive ways of bridging those gaps.

The Role of Gender and Caste in Accessing Livelihood Opportunities in India

Against the backdrop of low and declining female labour force participation in India, we use a large, publicly available tehsil-level data set for several Indian states to comment on women’s barriers to accessing livelihood opportunities. Data from the socio-economic caste census seems to indicate that as the proportion of lower-caste households in a tehsil increases, the participation of female heads of households in economic activities, which improve labour force participation at the bottom of the pyramid, also increases. This is significant given the largely informal labour force and inadequate job creation in the formal economy. Lower-caste women may readily pursue informal livelihoods suggesting barriers for upper-caste women, crucial amid limited formal job opportunities in an economy dominated by informality.