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Rethinking Postcolonial Democracy: An Examination of the Politics of Lower‐Caste Empowerment in North India
ABSTRACT  With this article, I seek to contribute to an anthropological understanding of democracy through an examination of the politics of lower-caste empowerment in Bihar, a populous state inExpand
Corruption as power: Caste and the political imagination of the postcolonial state
In this article, I examine the ways in which a politics of caste empowerment that became central to democratic politics in much of north India in the early 1990s altered the ways in which the stateExpand
Democracy against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India
Hidden behind the much-touted success story of India's emergence as an economic superpower is another, far more complex narrative of the nation's recent history, one in which economic development isExpand
Territorial Democracy: Caste, Dominance and Electoral Practice in Postcolonial India
This article examines the relationship between caste identities and electoral democracy in India. Drawing from fieldwork in Bihar, I suggest that at the center of what is popularly referred to asExpand
Caste and democratization in postcolonial India: an ethnographic examination of lower caste politics in Bihar
This article examines the case of lower-caste politics in the populous north Indian state of Bihar in order to show the ways in which the liberal democratic model fails to capture the realities ofExpand
Democracy against Development
Book Review: Manish K. Jha and Pushpendra (eds), Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Development and Social Justice
Manish K. Jha and Pushpendra (eds), Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Development and Social Justice. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. 2014. 368 pages. ₹925.
Costs of democracy