Caste remained unique system of exploitation and domination where relationship of production relationship of workmen to workmen has been consecrated by religion. The Economy of Caste should be interrogated with varied methodological and theoretical endeavors. In
the proposed session, a study of caste-economy will be undertaken under the historical trajectory from
Ancient times to Modern. We will explore the linkages of caste with patriarchy. We will probe the issue of
the ownership of land and occupation and its role in socio-economic relations of production by unfolding
the mechanism of caste mode of production and exchange taking place in caste society. We will unfold the role of state, religion and market in the appropriation of surplus taking place in caste society. We will also
try to locate the cultural practices, caste conflicts and their grounding in the political economy of caste.
With the advent of the capitalist mode of production, caste has undergone rapid change and has adapted
itself to capitalist interests. In this session, we hope to explore the complex systemic interrelationships
between caste and class.
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