These Seats Are Reserved: Caste, Quotas and the Constitution of India

In These Seats Are Reserved, Abhinav traces the history and making of the reservation policy.The book delves into the intellectual debates that took place on this matter in the Constituent Assembly, the Supreme Court and Parliament.
Publisher: Viking (India)
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ISBN: 9780670094752
GTIN: 9780670094752
AuthorChandrachud, Abhinav
Pub Date23/11/2023
Country of OriginIndia
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Reservation or affirmative action is a hugely controversial policy in India. While constitutionally mandated and with historians, political scientists and social activists convinced of its need, many resist it and consider it as compromising 'merit' and against the principle of equality of opportunity. How were groups eligible for reservations identified and defined? How were the terms 'depressed classes' and 'backward classes' used in British India and how have they evolved into the constitutional concepts of 'Scheduled Castes', 'Scheduled Tribes', and 'Other Backward Classes' in the present day?