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7B The confluence of caste and religion

To present a chapter in two sections, A and B, and put each in a different part of a book, I and II, is a rather unconventional thing to do. We have chosen to take this approach partly to emphasize continuities between Parts I and II of this book. Having a split chapter in this way seemed to us to suggest a kind of overlap, which is appropriate to our desire to see the two parts as complementary and integrated. At the same time, we wanted to signal a key shift in the book’s focus at this point. We have done this by taking the same general theme (caste) and approaching it according to two different foci. It is central to our argument that any of our themes can be approached in multiple ways. Chapters 7A and 7B demonstrate one important way of doing this.