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    • April 2003
    • 9780231127868
  • 500 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • $60.00

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India's Silent Revolution

The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India

Christophe Jaffrelot

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.

About the Author

Christophe Jaffrelot is director of the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), part of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He is the author of The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, which the New York Review of Books hailed as "a scholarly tour de force."

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.

This big... will allow [readers] to interpret the profound and tantalizing transformations going on in north India today.

Robin Jeffrey

Part One 1. Congress Domination and Conservative Democracy2. The Ideological Roots of Indian Democracy's Social Deficit3. Discourses and Practices4. 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 CongressPart Two 1. The Second Age of Indian Democracy2. From Reluctant to Compelling Cast-Based Affirmative Action3. Two Strategies: Quota Politics and Kisan Politics4. The Janata Dal and the Empowerment of the Low Castes5. The BSP: Not Just a Dalit Party6. The Upper Castes' Political Resilience: Congress and the BJP Coping with the Manda Commission