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Traditional hierarchies and affirmative action in a globalising economy: Evidence from India

India has had a long-standing policy of affirmative action to address deep-rooted caste inequities and discrimination. This article compares successive age cohorts of three broad social groups – Sch...

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दस प्रतिशत कोटा: क्या जाति अब पिछड़ेपन की सूचक नहीं रही है?

संविधान (124वां संशोधन) विधेयक 2019 सरकारी नौकरियों और उच्च शिक्षा संस्थानों में 10 प्रतिशत आरक्षण देकर ‘‘आर्थिक रूप से पिछड़े तबकों’’ को आगे बढ़ाने के प्रावधान का प्रयास करता है। इसका मतलब कोटा के आध...

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The 10% quota: Is caste no longer an indicator of backwardness?

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 seeks to provide for the advancement of “economically weaker sections”, through 10% reservation in government jobs and higher educational institutions ...

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Language and development

Language choice is central to organisation of society, transmission of knowledge, and interpersonal communication, and hence, has implications for socioeconomic inequality. This column examines the co...

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How backward are 'Other Backward Classes' in India?

Since reservations were provided in government bodies for lower castes in the early 90s, ‘Other Backward Classes’ have been an important force in Indian politics at all levels. Has there been a c...

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