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Structural Changes in Karnataka Politics

James Manor
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 12, No. 44 (Oct. 29, 1977), pp. 1865+1867-1869
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4366061
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Abstract

Politics in Karnataka, has for long been characterised by a sea-saw struggle between two dominant communities - Lingayats and the Vokkaligas. Things, however, have been changing, and the changes have been most pronounced during the regime of Devaraj Urs. Certain deliberate (and occasionally crude) measures adopted by the Urs regime have been instrumental in undercutting the role of these traditional power centres. The result has been the emergence into political prominence of groups which had suffered from both Vokkaliga and Lingayat oppression. This article attempts to analyse some of these class and caste dynamics of the Urs regime.

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