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Impact of Uttarakhand’s Reservation Judgment on Women

Since the 1990s, the discourse around caste-based reservations has taken a sharp turn towards hostility, which has resulted in pushing individuals and groups obtaining reservations into marginalised corners in educational and professional spaces. The recent Supreme Court judgment about reservations in promotions in state employment in Uttarakhand reopens this legal and moral discussion about the need for caste-based quotas in employment. This paper evaluates the effects of the anti-reservation judgments with a gender lens, looking at the potential and possibilities for lower-caste women into education and employment. With the National Sample Survey Office data we consider the rate of participation of lower castes and women separately, as well as lower-caste women as a category in education and employment, and consider how they are affected at the entry point and in career progression.

Caste on UK Shores

This article applauds the judgment of the Employment Tribunal at Cambridge for understanding caste as race discrimination while granting unpaid dues to an Adivasi woman employed as a domestic servant by an upper-caste Indian family in the United Kingdom. The dismal conditions of work and wages of domestic labour in India are linked to the caste system from which emanates the low worth of manual work.

Caste and the Bar Dancer

While Maya Pandit identifi es the State's wrath against lower-caste female sexuality as the root cause of the ban on dancing, this comment on dance bar debate argues that the very reason for the legal ban can be found in the caste and gender politics in globalising India and "caste governance" by the Maharashtra state government.
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