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Backward Classes and the Census-Putting the Record Straight

Backward Classes and the Census-Putting the Record Straight

record straight, (I) In view of the constitutional commitment of having a list of socially and educationally backward classes, the 1951 Census had made a limited castewise enumeration apart from that relating to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.1 Some of the states were already having a list of educationally backward castes and comunities, apart from the SC and ST, Besides, a list of obviously so-called advanced castes like the brahman, kayastha and rajput was prepared. The census enumerators were instructed not to record the caste names of persons belonging to the latter categories but to record others. Thus a large number of castes were enumerated. But the data were not published. These were made available to the first Backward Classes Commission. The report of the commission makes a mention of this fact. I had a personal set. I made the same available to the second Backward Classes Commission, as chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the commission, but the commission did not use these data and took a dishonest course, in protest against which I dissociated myself from the commission and later made a public statement. To avoid misunderstanding I should make it clear that I am fully committed to reservation for SC, ST and OBC and to affirmative action for minorities. In 1991,I informed Vinod Pande, the then secretary, Interstate Council, about this source of information. I think a friend I know has a set. Even without enumeration of castewise data during the 2001 Census, most of the requisite information can be obtained by an acceptable method of projection of 1951 and earlier census data.

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