The Untouchable Soldier: Caste, Politics, and the Indian Army

  title={The Untouchable Soldier: Caste, Politics, and the Indian Army},
  author={Stephen Philip Cohen},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={453 - 468}
  • S. Cohen
  • Published 1 May 1969
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Military establishments are omnipresent if not everywhere omnipotent. While these costly bureaucracies are the bane of finance ministers around the world, they do provide an important opportunity for comparative analysis. This paper examines a military system—the Indian one—through time, and attempts to demonstrate the changing relationship of that system to Indian politics and society in general, and to the low-caste communities of India in particular. We select the low-caste untouchables… 

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