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Fragmenting the Principle of Reservations

The majority judgment of the Supreme Court favouring the 10% reservation quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) may be considered by some as a welcome step on the grounds that it addresses the question of economic disadvantage.

Charity, Not Parity

Upholding the EWS reservations exposes the Supreme Court’s limited understanding of social justice and equality.

Transgender Bill 2019 is About Disciplining Minorities and Upholding a Patriarchal Family Structure

Under the garb of protecting minorities, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, and the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019, attempt to control nonconforming identities and non-biological family relations in a manner that keeps them subordinate to the patriarchal family structure.

Who Can Represent Muslims in Electoral Politics? Debates in the Muslim Public Sphere

As the communal polarisation of voters has become a pivotal concern in the 2019 election, the debate within the Muslim public sphere around the dilemmas of representation has gained traction.

The Republic of Reasons

Discourse within a constitutional framework alone can be the foundation for a possible solidarity in societies which are vibrant with real diversities and differences.

Minority Education Rights: Supreme Court Judgment

The recent Supreme Court judgment on the educational rights of minorities does not adequately reflect international trends for strengthening protection of minority rights. There is a need to rethink and reformulate minority rights, and enact a central law providing for multi-culturalism and pluralism along with interculturalism in all educational institutions, with the provision that minorities will have unfettered right to regulate their admission without resorting to exclusion of non-minorities.

Protective Discrimination and Crisis of Citizenship in North-East India

North-east India is a region where the politics of protective discrimination for scheduled tribes today raises some of the most difficult issues of justice, fairness and costs on system legitimacy. The time may have come to consider ways of breaking away from the ethnic discourse of the existing protective discrimination regime that, in effect, involves the state forever categorising groups of people in ethnic terms and making descendants of immigrants into perpetual outsiders.

Rights versus Representation

In the name of democracy, the constituent assembly of India adopted certain specific individual and collective rights to religion. Democracy, however, is not just about rights; another integral component of democracy is representation. This essay argues that the granting of a range of individual and collective religious rights to the minorities was used, in the constituent assembly, to justify the refusal of their demand for more adequate mechanisms of representation, for instance, for proportional representation or for reserved seats in the legislatures.

Repopulating the Landscape

This paper recounts the struggle of the Tadvi and Vassawa ethnic groups of Rajpipla against the creation of the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, that forms part of the Sardar Sarovar Dam but which has received far less attention than the dam project itself. The indigenous populations within the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary who have traditionally had access to its resources now regard its construction as a means of curtailing their right of access to forest resources and for appropriating land previously used by them for cultivation. Their struggle in turn, has involved the reconstruction of their environmental and social history that is an attempt to assert the validity of the local sense of place over more abstract conceptions of space, imposed on them from above. Their oral reconstruction of history, kinship and identity is actually a response to the threat of dislocation, in which a concept of space without people has taken precedence over local interactions with, and interpretations of, the environment.

Seventeen Blind (Wo)Men and an Elusive Elephant

Contemporary India – Transitions,
Peter Ronald deSouza (ed);
Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2000;
pp 388, Rs 475.

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