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

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Six Months of YSRCP Rule in Andhra Pradesh

The initial period of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party rule indicates that the focus of the new chief minister is on rolling out welfare policies, as articulated in the manifesto. Nevertheless, the government is embroiled in controversies over policies pertaining to education, sand mining, and a new capital for the state.

Muslims, Affirmative Action and Secularism

Religion-based preferential treatment in the services of the state is generally argued to be in contradiction with secularism. As a result, the Indian state has relied on a non-preference, non-discrimination framework to address the issues of backwardness and under-representation of Muslims. This article attempts to partially reconcile the contradiction between religion-based preferential treatment and secularism, and it is argued that the determination of welfare policies for religious minorities, particularly Muslims within the non-preference, non-determination framework, either has to be justified in the public philosophy of the state or social justice has to be given a relative preference to secularism, especially when the policies formulated within the non-preference, non-discrimination framework have not proven to be effective in targeting the relative backwardness of Muslims.
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