The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early Twentieth-Century India

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Nandini Gooptu's magisterial history of the Indian urban poor represents a tour-de-force. By focusing on the role of the poor in caste, religious and national politics, the author demonstrates how they emerged as a major social factor in South Asia during the interwar period. The empirical material provides compelling insights into what it meant to be poor and how the impoverished dealt with their predicament. In this way, the book contributes to some of the most crucial debates on the nature of subaltern politics and consciousness.
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"...a major addition to twentieth-century Indian history. It deserves to be read widely, and its arguments for the centrality of social exclusion and economic deprivation in the formation of the political consciousness of the urban poor are deserving of greater investigation, both in the past and the present." Journal of Social History
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Table of Contents

List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
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1 The study and its perspectives 1
Pt. I Changing conditions and experiences in interwar north India 25
2 The poor in the urban setting 27
3 Urban local policies and the poor 66
4 Urban policing and the poor 111
Pt. II Modes of political action and perception 141
5 Untouchable assertion 143
6 Militant Hinduism 185
7 Resurgent Islam 244
8 Nationalist action 321
9 Congress socialst mobilisation 365
10 The politics of exclusion and the 'virtuous deprived' 420
Bibliography 431
Index 448
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