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The Development of Caste Organisation in South India 1880 to 1925

  • David Washbrook

Abstract

One of the most obvious features of political modernisation in south India has been the emergence of the politics of the caste association. From the later nineteenth century, but particularly from about 1910, the provincial political arena became crowded with organisations claiming to represent the interests of caste groups, and appeals to caste solidarity became established in the vocabulary of modern politics. From that time onwards, caste political activity has grown in size and scope and has deeply coloured south Indian political history. This essay attempts to examine some of the reasons for this development.

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Service Group Caste System Legislative Council South INDIA Guntur District 
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Notes

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© C. J. Baker and D. A. Washbrook 1975

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