Community Warriors: State, Peasants and Caste Armies in Bihar

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Anthem Press, 2008 - History - 229 pages
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This book dissects the politicization of caste massacres and provides a provocative portrayal of the private caste armies operant in so-called 'barbaric-Bihar'. Mediating between predatory politicians and radical Maoists, Kumar argues that these caste armies act as both a surrogate arm of the state and a violent defender of their community's self-perceived purity. His focus on vicious agrarian conflicts and the increasing powerlessness to deal with these conflicts challenges transcendental notions of the state's autonomy and the legitimacy. Community Warriors is anchored in historically and politically constructed notions of identity, power and ethnic allegiance. The book's lucid narrative style facilitates a seamless passage through the sociocultural history of post-independence Bihar and unravels the disturbing aspects of the march of democracy in this much feared and also promising 'heart of India'. Kumar addresses the issues of the process of democratization, ethnic conflict, state power, social movements, Dalit politics and peasant unrest, providing a key to understanding contemporary India.
 

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Ashwini kumar ko khud apne itihash ki jankari hi nahi ye kya kisi sena ke bare me batayega.

Contents

AcknowledgemenLs
1
CHAPTER 2
23
CHAPTER 3
59
CHAPTER 4
90
CHAPTER 5
123
CONCLUSION
167
APPENDIX
183
Glossary
219
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Ashwani Kumar is Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is also associated with Global Governance Research Network at German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn.

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