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Killing with Kindness: The Apex Judiciary


Dr. Bhushan Amol Darkase Background: [1] In 1975, the Punjab government issued a notification sub-classifying 25% of Scheduled Caste (SC) reservations into two categories, reserving half of these seats for Balmikis and Mazhabi Sikhs. This notification remained in force for nearly 31 years until it faced legal hurdles in 2004. In 2004, the Supreme Court’s …


Caste Discrimination In India’s Urban Private Sector

Preeti Chandrakumar Patil  Sukhadeo Thorat and Katherine Newman in their article ‘Caste and Economic Discrimination: Causes, Consequences and Remedies’ have defined Social Exclusion as a process by which certain groups are denied full or partial access to the economic, educational, and social institutions that determine social membership. Exclusion in India is defined by systems that …


Rohith Act: An Ambedkarite Solution

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   The Conscious Four “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” ~ Tom Clancy Tom Clancy might be an espionage thriller writer, but then what he says above is just the protocol when …


Harnessing Counter-Culture to Construct Identity

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  Workshop Report on‘Harnessing Counter-Culture to Construct Identity: Mapping Dalit Cultural Heritage in Contemporary India’,7-8 December, 2012, Convened by Ronki Ram Ronki Ram 1. The topic and the goal The workshop entitled Harnessing Counter-Culture to Construct Identity: Mapping Dalit Cultural heritage in Contemporary India was organized by International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and Leiden …


Learning from a controversy


Sukhadeo Thorat The insights in the NCERT cartoon report can help to make the curriculum and the classroom more inclusive While the NCERT textbooks report has generated much heat, it has also shed positive light on the issue. It is time to reflect on this side of the debate and deal with the questions it …


On Inclusiveness: Challenges of Inclusive Society, Economy and Polity in India


Sukhadeo Thorat (M.N. Roy Memorial Lecture, March 24, 2012) I feel honored to have been invited to deliver the 2012, M.N. Roy Memorial lecture by the Indian Renaissance Institute and Indian Radical Humanist Association. M.N Roy was a great visionary, thinker and a visionary with a particular vision for India. Everybody knows about his contribution …


On Reservation Policy for Private Sector


Sukhadeo Thorat (First published in June 2004) Given the range of economic discrimination against marginalised groups like SCs, STs and OBCs the reservation policy for the private sector ought to cover not only employment, but also markets, agricultural land, capital, consumer goods, education, housing, government contracts, etc. Faced with caste related discrimination against and deprivation of marginalised …