Sikh Politics, Caste, and Narrative Identity in Postcolonial India

43 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 3 Sep 2009

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

When asked about the relationship between caste and Sikhism, Bakhtawar Singh, a 51 year old Jat man, states, “The person who recognizes caste isn’t Sikh.” Within minutes of defining and delimiting a Sikh by his or her ability to see beyond caste, Bakhtawar Singh stereotypes Scheduled Castes as being “hungry”, “greedy”, and the source of all current corruption in India.

Suggested Citation

Behl, Natasha, Sikh Politics, Caste, and Narrative Identity in Postcolonial India (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1449406

Natasha Behl (Contact Author)

Occidental College ( email )

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