From Ethnic to Multiethnic: The Transformation of the Bahujan Samaj Party in North India

  title={From Ethnic to Multiethnic: The Transformation of the Bahujan Samaj Party in North India},
  author={Sohini Guha},
  pages={1 - 29}
  • Sohini Guha
  • Published 2013
  • Political Science
  • Ethnopolitics
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has succeeded in expanding its constituency beyond its core low caste base and attracting voters from upper and middle castes since the late 1990s. Building on a case study of the BSP in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, this paper argues that the BSP's multiethnic transformation, whereby the party went from being a low caste party to one mobilizing constituencies across caste divides, throws new light on the mechanisms facilitating such transformatory… Expand
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