Punjab Research Group

How caste matters and doesn’t matter by Surinder S. Jodhka

Posted in Articles, News/Information by Pippa on February 10, 2012
How caste matters and doesn’t matter
Although caste is indeed one of the operative parameters of Punjab politics, there seems to be very little competition among the caste communities of Punjab.
Punjab appears to be an odd case in this national framework of caste politics. Although caste is indeed one of the operative parameters of Punjab politics, there seems to be very little competition among the caste communities of Punjab. The Jats, who constitute only around one-fourth of the state electorate, have remained virtually unchallenged. The last non-Jat who could become chief minister of the state was Giani Zail Singh, and that was way back in the 1970s. The two major political parties, the Congress and the Akalis, are both Jat-led and Jat-dominated. Even the Khalistan movement was largely a Jat-dominated phenomenon.
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