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RESERVATION-Political Posturing

Political Posturing THE stand of the five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court hearing the petition of anti-reservationists that the government make clear by September 24 its stand on the notification of August 13, 1990 issued by the National Front government introducing job reservations in the central government for the socially and educationally backward castes on the basis of the Mandal Commission's recommendations has put the Congress party in a fix. Having played no small part in engineering the violence that greeted the notification at the time of its announcement, the Congress can scarcely come out openly in support of OBC reservation. On the other hand, open opposition would work to the advantage of the Janata Dal and the various regional parties. The Supreme Court's demand, though difficult to comprehend, has the merit of forcing the Congress to emerge from the ambiguity behind which it had sought refuge.


with the economy measures referred to_ above, why has it not been possible to make a larger reduction in the revenue deficit? In this context, the large step up in the provision for interest payments, by as much as Rs 5,600 crore, is intriguing and has gone unexplained either in the budget papers or in the budget speech.

Job Reservations and Efficiency

A M Shah Efficiency or merit is not a fetish of the elite, but an essential ingredient in every field of life, whether in the defence services or department of space or in the soft fields like language and culture. The policy of reservations for backward classes is a major barrier to achieving efficiency.

Mandal Commission and Left Front in West Bengal

While the CPI(M) has been vociferously demanding the implementation of the Mandal Commission report, particularly in the Hindi states, in West Bengal it denies the very existence of OBCs.

Should Class Be the Basis for Recognising Backwardness

Castes were the building blocks of Hindu social structure in precolonial India. But with the introduction and development of the new capitalist forces of production these blocks have undergone a fundamental change. From being a hereditary unity of caste and occupations they nave become a unity ofthisvld contradiction plus the new contradiction of caste and class. This basic contradiction in Indian society can be resolved neither by subjectively subtracting the old contradiction from the new one nor by excluding either class or caste from the new set of opposites.

Reservations in Myth and Reality

Reservations in Myth and Reality BEHIND the veil of public professions of piety, most governments tend to conceal a secret agenda. Any analysis of government policy therefore must begin by distinguishing between the overt and the covert, between appearance and reality. Rarely however is the distinction as important as in the case of the V P Singh government's reservation policy.

Mandal Commission and the Left

It needs to be asked, as a matter of principle, whether the injustices of history can be corrected in the way the present reservation package seeks to do. Have the parameters of discussion set by the ruling class, which is facing its severest crisis of legitimacy, been thrust, upon the left movement?

Class, Caste and Reservations

Class, Caste and Reservations THE continuing debate on the reservations issue is beginning to reveal a pernicious split among the pro-reservationists on the question of economic versus caste- based criteria for identifying backwardness. Left and democratic people must reflect on the significance of demanding economic criteria.

Dominant Castes, Ruling Classes and the State

Dominant Castes, Ruling Classes and the State D N THE V P Singh government's decision to institute some reservation for backward castes (BCs) has brought about a sharp turn in Indian politics. Certainly it is not the 'social revolution' that some of its votaries are calling it. But the very reaction it has aroused shows that the step is not a mere, insubstantial gesture.

Mandal Commission Will Tribal Interests Suffer

With the acceptance of the Mandal report and the Other Backward Classes being brought under the Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes, will the tribals who will now comprise only a very small proportion of the population under the commission suffer neglect?

Reservation for OBCs Hardly An Abrupt Decision

Reservation for OBCs: Hardly An Abrupt Decision Kameshwar Choudhary The policy of reservation may be a 'reform measure' adopted by the ruling class to maintain the existing inegalitarian system, but opposing it at the moment would be a retrograde step.

Karnataka Backward Classes

Karnataka Backward Classes P Radhakrishnan Karnataka chief minister Veerendra Patil has repeatedly announced his government's commitment to implement the report of Karnataka Third Backward Classes Commission. However, if the stirrings in some of the communities excluded from reservation benefits, like the numerically strong and politically crucial Lingayaths and Vokkaligas, and their demands for rejection of the report are any indication it is unlikely that there will be any earnestness in fulfilling this commitment.


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