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The Untouchable Soldier: Caste, Politics, and the Indian Army

Cohen, Stephen P (1969) The Untouchable Soldier: Caste, Politics, and the Indian Army. In: The Journal of Asian Studies, 28 (3). 453-468 .

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Military establishments are omnipresent if not everywhere omnipotent. While these costly bureaucracies are the bane of finance ministers around the world, they do provide an important opportunity for comparative analysis. This paper examines a military system—the Indian one—through time, and attempts to demonstrate the changing relationship of that system to Indian politics and society in general, and to the low-caste communities of India in particular. We select the low-caste untouchables because they represent an extreme challenge to the integrative capacity of both political and social systems, and because they have recently been the subject of intensive political and academic concern.Stephen P. Cohen is Assistant Professor of Political Science in Asian Studies at the University of Illinois. Research for this paper was supported by a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies in 1964–65.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: The Journal of Asian Studies
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Cambridge University Press.
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 07:31
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 08:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/40006

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