What makes Doaba caste caul­dron?

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - Ravin­der Va­sudeva

CHANDI­GARH: The on­go­ing ten­sion in Phag­wara af­ter a clash be­tween Dal­its and Shiv Sena ac­tivists over the re­nam­ing of a round­about is yet an­other in­ci­dent in the se­ries of caste-based clashes the Doaba re­gion has wit­nessed so fre­quently in the past two decades. Such is the caste cal­cu­lus in the re­gion com­pris­ing Ka­purthala, Ja­land­har, Hoshiarpur and Sha­heed Bha­gat Singh Na­gar (Nawan­shahr) districts that the state’s se­cu­rity agen­cies con­sider it a ‘vol­cano’ that can erupt even by a mi­nor skir­mish. Hin­dus­tan Times looks at the rea­sons as why Doaba be­comes the epi­cen­tre of caste-based clashes, mostly Dalit ver­sus oth­ers.

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Vi­o­lence had rocked the Doaba belt fol­low­ing an at­tack on Ni­ran­jan Das, the head of Dera Sachk­hand Bal­lan, Ja­land­har, and his deputy Ra­manand at Vi­enna, Aus­tria, on May 24, 2009.

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