Sikh Politics, Caste, and Narrative Identity in Postcolonial India
43 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 3 Sep 2009
Date Written: 2009
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.
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