ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reservations Policy Revisited

The reservations policy is being questioned today both at the level of principle and the level of operationalisa- tion. Two inter-related questions are posed: (i) are reservations consistent with the principles of equality and secularism as enshrined in our Constitution? (ii) what criteria for identifying beneficiaries should be devised, such that they promote, rather than militate against, the basic values and goals of social transformation envisaged in the Directive Principles of State Policy laid down in the Constitution? In the light of these questions this paper examines the policy of reservations and its rationale, evaluates its performance and makes some suggestions for making the policy more effective.

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