what are the various forms of caste in politics?
The form that caste takes in politics is the end result of "politicisation of caste". Caste and kinship assert their identity and compete for positions, statuses and roles. Infact political relationships end up being no more than projections of social relationships. Politics, becomes an instrument in the hands of a particular stratum in society to establish and consolidate power over other strata. On the other hand, caste becomes a category and vote bank politics takes place.
We know that caste is a closed group. The powerful upper castes have the access to all property and all power while the lower castes are devoid are all rights.This contradiction sows the seed for the caste based politics. While the upper castes uses politics to keeps its societal hierarchy intact by grabbing the highest political seats. The lower castes uses politics to win back the their rights that they have been devoid of. And so caste and politics becomes almost inseparable.