Bombay Bihari Menace

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.


The Economic and Political Weekly, 29 July 18 - July 24, 2009

Awanish Kumar