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An Ideological Perspective on Mandal Report

An Ideological Perspective on Mandal Report Balraj Puri GROWING competition in the stagnant job market is an inadequate explanation for the anti-reservation student upsurge that is sweeping across most of towns and cities of the north India. The intensity and magnitude of the agitation and self- righteous and crusading zeal of the participants are no less sustained by theoretical rationalisations and ideological and moral sanctions provided by leading scholars, intellectuals and journalists of the country, obviously belonging to the upper castes. To be sure, these castes have, in the past, provided not only ideas but also leadership to egalitarian and radical movements. Now, too, the intelligentsia supports the anti-reservation stir more out of concern for efficiency of the system and unity of the nation than merely for the jobs for the caste to which it belongs. The concern is not entirely a rationalisation of the caste interest.

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