A class analysis of the 'Bihari menace'

Awanish Kumar*

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Abstract

Migrants from Bihar are accused of taking over urban areas and jobs, most recently in Mumbai. Bihar has come to represent a cultural symbol of backwardness, "dirtyness" and trouble, which is almost impervious to "development". This article attempts to understand the class and caste locations of these prejudices and analyses the reasons why Bihar and Biharis are the target of such singular chauvinism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Volume44
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2009

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