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General Elections, 1996: Major Role of Caste and Social Factions in Bihar
Binoy S. Prasad
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 32, No. 47 (Nov. 22-28, 1997), pp. 3021-3028
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4406095
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Caste and social factions continue to play a major role in elections in Bihar. In the absence of concrete political agendas, these influences get further reinforced and elections have become a means of establishing a phoney social dominance by caste groups. This is also why no one pattern of alignment of social forces is clearly discernible as consistent. The distinct political culture of the state where the majority of voters are illiterate but politically alert, has contributed to the violent and corrupt nature of elections in Bihar.
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