Exceptional documentation of Indian politics in Hindi heartland after independence.Caste is a reality in India and it has found its way into politics as a tool of political mobilization since political power has come to be seen as the way of social emancipation. Jaffrelot has done meticulous research for this book and the exact numbers he quotes to explain some political upheavals leave you deeply impressed.This book does justice to this amazing aspect of Indian Polity and helps you understand the dynamics of contemporary politics much better.This book forced me to seek answer to this question: in the end "Is it the society which drives politics or is it the other way round?".
Modern democracy is a game of number and is in contrary to the other government, which is based on might or intellect.community having largest population shall rule in the modern democracy. India despite having democracy on paper avoided this simple rule of working of democracy.Its intelligentsia avoided to recognise the vast masses of deprived classes in governance. This book analyse presicely the same i.e. gradual unfolding of governanece to the backward and lower classes which form vast masses of India.In doing so, a large amount of numerical data is presented. It should have been a bit more theoretical.