Caste in politics

India's destiny not caste in stone

Outside politics, there are other areas of life in which caste consciousness has been dying down. »

Why caste persists in politics

An internal code, culture and values make a caste special to its members. »

André Béteille responds

“It is not my argument that the consciousness of caste is dying out and will cease to exist in the next 50 or even the next 100 years. B...»

Caste in politics is linked to lived realities

Why is caste such a dominant feature of Indian social life? According to Andre Beteille, in his article published in The Hindu (“...»

The Conviction of a Chief Minister

With the Special Court in Bangalore pronouncing AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, guilty in the disproportionate assets case, she becomes the first Indian Chief Minister in office to be convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The historic verdict has unseated a popularly elected Chief Minister and will have a deep impact on the politics of Tamil Nadu, says Saptarshi Bhattacharya.Read more »

In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »