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India's Power Elite: Class, Caste And Cultural Revolution

India's Power Elite: Class, Caste And Cultural Revolution

  • Author: Sanjaya Baru
  • Publisher: Viking
  • ISBN: 9780670092444
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India's Power Elite is a study of the nature of power and elitism in postcolonial India. Its point of departure is the political transition under way in twenty-first-century India, with the marginalization of the Congress Party and the staging of a cultural revolution symbolized by the rise of Hindu majoritarianism.

Baru deconstructs the morphology of the Indian power elite-comprising remnants of a feudal gentry, kulaks, a metropolitan business class, the civil services and a cultural elite of opinion-makers. He also examines the role of caste, class and culture in the emergence of a 'New India'.

Aimed at the socially engaged reader, this book will interest both students as well as those who wield power.


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