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Lucia Michelutti & Oliver Heath

In: Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh

Chapter 6: Political Cooperation and Distrust: Identity Politics and Yadav–Muslim Relations, 1999–2009

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Political Cooperation and Distrust: Identity Politics and Yadav–Muslim Relations, 1999–2009
Political cooperation and distrust: Identity politics and Yadav–Muslim relations, 1999–2009
LuciaMichelutti and OliverHeath

In the late 1990s in Mathura town in Western UP, Hindu and Muslim relations were characterised by political cooperation. Qureshi Muslims and Hindu Yadavs formed a social alliance as the backbone of the Samajwadi Party support base in the state, and political leaders (such as Mulayam Singh Yadav) presented themselves as promoters of social justice for both Hindu and Muslim communities. Over the last 10 years, however, this situation has changed. Ethnographic and survey data, collected between the 1999 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections, show that Hindu–Muslim relations in Mathura have deteriorated, and conflict and tension are on the rise. This chapter shows that ...

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