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Democracy and Development in Uttar Pradesh
Democracy and development in Uttar Pradesh

In an article written in 2001, I discussed whether lower-caste politics could lead to substantive social and political change in UP, and whether greater involvement of members of the lower castes in government and legislative activities might push the government to address the concerns of the disadvantaged and deprived more forcefully than hitherto (Hasan, 2001; see also Hasan, 1989, 1998, 2000). The last two decades have indeed seen remarkable changes in UP politics both within and across ruling parties and coalitions. Two lower-caste political parties, BSP and the Samajwadi Party, have governed the state for the past two decades. Governments of both these parties committed themselves to eradicating poverty and discrimination, yet, UP remains ...

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