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Redesigning Affirmative Action

Arguing for better policy design in affirmative action, this paper presents an illustrative model of a feasible alternative to caste quotas. The proposed model is evidence-based, addresses multiple sources of group and individual disadvantage (caste, region, gender and rural/urban residence), as well as interaction effects and degrees of disadvantage. Such an approach allows us to demonstrate that affirmative action is not about "appeasement" but about eliminating sources of tangible disadvantage in our unequal society.

Exclusive Inequalities

This essay suggests that questions of merit, caste and discrimination in Indian higher education can be usefully analysed in a framework defined by "exclusive inequalities". Beginning with a discussion of continuing caste inequalities in higher education, the argument outlines the specificities of this sector and its peculiarities in the Indian context. The idea of merit and the modalities of the examination are evaluated in terms of their contribution to the legitimation of higher education.

Social Science Research Capacity in South Asia

A note on the issues of broad significance that need to be thought about and discussed in the larger community of social scientists in south Asia.

Indian Anthropology and Sociology

There is need of a rigorous and comprehensive history of Indian sociology-anthropology, constituted as a full-fledged research area, to study the material, ideological and institutional context in which these disciplines developed. A report on a national workshop on the issue.

Caste and the Census-Implications for Society and the Social Sciences

criterion of mere seniority, such as longer duration of the incumbent in office of the chief justice, the action of not appointing the seniormost judge would not have looked like supersession.

Current Impasse in Language of Rights-Questions of Context

Questions of Context Satish Deshpande The present problem in the articulation of rights discourse may in part be due to a neglected aspect of lthe cultural turn', namely, the new-found centrality of specifically cultural forms of property. That is, changes in the forms of property or its composition will impose strains on the discourse of rights. For, the predicament of social theory today is shaped by the fact that the last decades of the 20th century have decisively demonstrated both the inadequacy as well as the indispensability of the legacy of Karl Marx.

Communalising the Nation-Space-Notes on Spatial Strategies of Hindutva

Communalising the Nation-Space Notes on Spatial Strategies of Hindutva Satish Deshpande In its attempt to understand the spatial strategies of hindutva, this essay tries to answer questions such as; What kinds of places has hindutvva successfully transformed into heterotopias ? What specific strategies have enabled this success ? What kinds of contestation and struggle are these spatial ideologies involved in ? How do these ideologies overcome the refractory nature of the materials they deal with? How can one begin to think of defensive and offensive counter strategies?

Crisis in Sociology A Tired Discipline

Crisis in Sociology: A Tired Discipline? If sociology could speak, it would say ''I am tired'',

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