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Reservation and political competition in Uttar Pradesh.
Lucia Michelutti, University of Oxford.

Using the political ethnography of one of the most visible and assertive OBC communities in North India (the Yadavs) collected between 1999 and 2009 and their political competition with Dalit BSP supporters, the paper explores the struggles and shifting political strategies to get access to the state and its resources. More specifically, it looks at the political ethnography of the 2009 Parliamentary elections in a Western Uttar Pradesh constituency and investigates how tactical voting is used to express community conflicts (in particular between Yadavs and Dalits), which has been indirectly exacerbated by the politics of reservation over the past ten years.

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