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Features

Reservation is not a Poverty Alleviation Program but a Weapon for Social Justice

Vikas Parasram Meshram Much has been written on the split decision of the Constitution Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court upholding reservation for economically weaker sections; therefore, it is unnecessary to repeat it. Only one point needs to be highlighted: there was no disagreement in the constitution bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court regarding economic …

Policy

Reservation for Justice and Representation vs Reservation as a Political Tool

Dr Santhosh J. The Supreme Court’s verdict on the validity of the 103rd constitutional amendment or the 10% quota for the ‘poor’ among the so-called upper castes, instead of answering questions, raises many more further questions. The 3:2 majority verdict, at its core, fails to logically explain how the policy, which is individual centric and …

Features

A portrait of the casteist as a young influencer

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Shy of inquiry into privilege, social media posts flaunt antiquated attitudes to caste, reservations Rahi Gaikwad We are all to some extent the prisoners of our upbringing.-PD James (Death in Holy Orders) If anyone has any doubts about how the virus of caste has mutated into a 21st century variant in the minds of upper …

Assertion

Logarithmic castes in Kerala and exponential pride

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Navin Sambrani While the caste elite, being twice born enjoy the exponentially `squared ‘ status, the Keralite caste elite, savouring their status owing to erstwhile informal marital alliances with the twice born, are its logarithmic inverse (square rooted, to the power of two) counterparts. Life thus shrinks into itself, in all its tropical pestilence. Shashi …