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Obituary: K R Narayanan- Making of a President

K R Narayanan's journey of life from a 'chetta kudil' (meanest hut) to Rashtrapathi Bhavan is a saga which has no parallel in India and is certainly more remarkable than that of Abraham Lincoln from a log cabin to the White House.

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.

Reservation Policy

J V Deshpande’s note on reservation policy (‘Reservation Policy: Real Issues’, EPW , April 29) is yet another instance of blaming the victims. The main thrust of his argument is that if the dalits and the minorities are not adequately represented in institutions of higher education, they, in their...

Constituent Assembly Debates and Minority Rights

The Constitution of India excludes religious minorities from the purview of group-preference provisions because the dominant nationalist opinion in the Constituent Assembly held that resort to such safeguards was legitimate only for enabling backward sections of the population to overcome their disabilities, not for facilitating the preservation of distinct cultural identities.

Reservationists, Anti-Reservationists and Democracy

the search for alternative energy sources was intensified, and in addition conservation became the watchword. Programmes for fuel-efficient vehicles were undertaken. Gas guzzlers gave way to small- engined, less thirsty cars.

Reservations Experience as Framework of Debate

Reservations: Experience as Framework of Debate Kancha Ilaiah In the ongoing debate on reservations, the long-term impact of these provisions in education at the individual and social level has not received enough attention. A personal account of what it really means to have access to education, only because of reservation, to the individual, the community and to the village society I AM one of those who became a lecturer in Political Science under the BC reserved quota in Osmania University. Given the unwritten laws of patronage and access that determine who gets jobs in our institutions my first class MA. subsequent M Phil and several publications in all-India journals would not have brought me a job but for the reservation. In my university out of 1,200 teachers about 160 became teachers only because of reservations to QBCs, SCs and STs.

Scheduled Caste Voters New Data, New Questions

Studies of voting behaviour of scheduled caste voters often arrive at different, even contradictory conclusions, though they generally agree that 'bloc voting' is a feature of scheduled caste voting behaviour. These studies rely for the most part on three sources of data to cross-check casual observations: studies of particular scheduled caste communities sample surveys; and studies of differences in election results between reserved and non-reserved constituencies.

Towards Equality Consequences of Protective Discrimination

Discrimination Karuna Ahmad We have completed 30 years of experimentation with the policy of protective discrimination in favour of Scheduled Castes and Tribes and it is time to review its gains and drawbacks.

Representation of Scheduled Castes in Parliament and State Legislatures

September 6, 1969 low density of population in this region. The interregional differences like inter-district differences are strongly affected by the extent of sugarcane cultivation (see Table 1). While in Bundelkhand, area under sugarcane is almost negligible, the Eastern and Central regions of UP have roughly equal area under this crop

How Close to Equality Are Scheduled Castes

After two decades of special concessions to bring them on par with the general population., Scheduled Castes remain at the rear end of development. While the caste system prolongs their handicaps, such pro- tective legislation against it as there has been touches only the untouchability aspect


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