The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India
Since the 1960s a new assertiveness has characterized India's formerly silent majority, the lower castes that comprise more than two-thirds of the population. Today India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, is controlled by lower-caste politicians, as is Bihar, and lower-caste representation in national politics is growing inexorably. Jaffrelot argues that this trend constitutes a genuine "democratization" of India and that the social and economic effects of this "silent revolution" are bound to multiply in the years to come.
"Building on his brilliant study of Hindu nationalism, Jaffrelot has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of Western scholars whose work will be essential reading for India specialists, practioners, and scholars concerned with problems of democratic transition and consolidation. Essential." — Choice
"This big... will allow [readers] to interpret the profound and tantalizing transformations going on in north India today." — Robin Jeffrey, Pacific Affairs
"This is a very fine and useful work, summarizing, synthesizing, and analyzing a vast amount of material to demonstrate the extent to which the transformations of caste politics have indeed led to fundamental as well as systemic changes in [the Indian] political system." — Nicholas B. Dirks, Columbia University
1. Congress Domination and Conservative Democracy
2. The Ideological Roots of Indian Democracy's Social Deficit
3. Discourses and Practices
4. Congress: Party of the Intelligentsia or of the Notables?
5. The Co-option of Scheduled Caste Leaders and the 'Coalition of Extremes'
6. Indira Gandhi and the Aborted Reform of Congress
1. The Second Age of Indian Democracy
2. From Reluctant to Compelling Cast-Based Affirmative Action
3. Two Strategies: Quota Politics and Kisan Politics
4. The Janata Dal and the Empowerment of the Low Castes
5. The BSP: Not Just a Dalit Party
6. The Upper Castes' Political Resilience: Congress and the BJP Coping with the Manda Commission