The Politics of Caste and the Deepening of India’s Democracy: The Case of the Backward Caste Movement in Bihar

Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)


As the Bihar election approached in the fall of 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies appeared to have a clear advantage (Manor forthcoming). Coming after the BJP’s dramatic victory under the leadership of Narendra Modi in the 2014 parliamentary elections, the contest in Bihar was widely seen as a test as to whether the BJP could gain control over crucial state governments in order to consolidate nationwide hegemony. Aligned against the BJP were two regional lower caste leaders—Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav—longtime rivals who came together in order to stop the “Modi wave.”


Lower Caste Congress Party Chief Minister Caste Identity Caste Association 
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  1. 1.Union CollegeSchenectady, NYUSA

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