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

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Supporting Status Quo

Supporting Status Quo WHEN eminent social scientists ignore the principles they have proclaimed for years, it is time for us to understand the conflict between our intellectual and political existence. Some of the much debated concepts used by our eminent colleagues to analyse Indian society are (a) the nature of the Indian state and its inherent limits to intervene effectively on behalf of the poor; (b) the flux within the state and the contemporary rise of a powerful section of the peasantry as a class, challenging the hold of classes which till today dominated state machinery; (c) the critical overlap between caste and class in which higher castes have had the advantage of being the most privileged among the ruling as well as the rising classes; and (d) that in India's democratic structure reservations have a place till adequate opportunities, and equality in access to these opportunities, art ensured. This understanding, however, seems to be ineffective in helping them desist from insisting upon static "historical and social structural basis for reservations" as well as unchanging social categories such as "tribals and untouchables".

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