chapter  1
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Introduction

Ethnic specters of caste, or tolerating caste? In April 1996 my research assistant Ajay and I (denoted as “A,” for anthropologists, below) had a conversation with Dularuram, a potter-artisan or kumhar1 (denoted as “K,” for Kumhar, below) in his mid-fifties, in the central Indian region of Chhattisgarh.