ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Narender Kumar

Reservation Policy for Backward Classes

This paper examines the extent and determinants of popular support for reservation policy for the Scheduled Castes and the Other Backward Classes in India, using an individual-level opinion survey data set. It argues that the reservation policy, as well as its longitudinal extension and expansion into the private sector, is more supported than opposed, even though public opinion is polarised regarding its expansion to the private sector. Aside from the control variable of reservation status, those who are highly educated, female, rich, caste conscious, or have inter-caste friendships are likely to support reservation, whereas upper castes are less likely to support it.

Indian State, Land Politics, and the Dalit Political Imagination of Gurdial Singh

This article makes an effort to understand Gurdial Singh’s contribution to Indian literature in general and Punjabi literature in particular. He was a trailblazer who brought caste to the forefront in Punjabi literature by portraying a Dalit as the protagonist in his very first novel Madi da Diva (1964) – a trend that he continued later as well. It was a trend-setting moment in the history of Punjabi literature. His writings explore various issues pertaining to land distribution policies which are interlinked with caste.  

Formulation of Inclusive Policies in Parliament

Recognising the discriminatory character of Indian society, the role played by legislators in influencing the policies for scheduled castes and tribes constitutes the subject matter of this article. The initiative to get recommendations implemented, the participation in debates and discussions and intervention of members of Parliament during question hour in the Lok Sabha (1985-95) have been analysed in the light of the fact that many of the legislators are representatives of the dalit masses.