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Political Elite and Caste Association: A Report of a Caste Conference

M. S. A. Rao
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 3, No. 20 (May 18, 1968), pp. 779+781-782
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4358632
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Abstract

Caste conferences do more than reflect the aspirations and opinions of a section of the population. They also shape decision-making in some spheres at the national and State levels. The political elite of the caste play a crucial role in promoting the interests of the association. In turn they benefit from the support of the caste association, since such support can be used to put pressures to get certain decisions through even when the politicians themselves do not have the authority to take the decisions. This is a study of the of the Mahasabha of the Yadava caste, an association founded in 1924, which has become progressively politicised. [The author is grateful to B S Baviskar for his valuable comments.]

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