Research Radio Ep 22: Why is the Judiciary Treating Reservations as an ‘Enabling Provision’ and Not a Fundamental Right?

In this episode, we speak to Sameena Dalwai and Aabhinav Tyagi about the role of the judiciary in implementing reservations.

Debates over caste-based reservations in India consistently make front-page news. Dominant political parties and the judiciary perform vital roles in ensuring the implementation of this measure to address historic and enduring injustices, social exclusion, and deep-seated inequality in favour of Savarna castes in India. How well has the judiciary fared in ensuring that reservations are implemented?

This week on Research Radio, Sameena Dalwai and Aabhinav Tyagi join us to discuss their work on the Indian judiciary and reservations. Dr Dalwai is with the Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. She writes in Marathi and English on caste, gender, sexuality, cultural nationalism, and the law. Aabhinav teaches political science at Scottish International School, Shamli. He hosts a new podcast called “The Gobarment.” We’ll be discussing their EPW article titled “Impact of Uttarakhand's Reservation Judgment on Women.” This episode was recorded in July 2020 and, therefore, does not comment on recent developments on reservations.

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