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Job Reservations and Efficiency

A M Shah Efficiency or merit is not a fetish of the elite, but an essential ingredient in every field of life, whether in the defence services or department of space or in the soft fields like language and culture. The policy of reservations for backward classes is a major barrier to achieving efficiency.

Mandal Commission and Left Front in West Bengal

While the CPI(M) has been vociferously demanding the implementation of the Mandal Commission report, particularly in the Hindi states, in West Bengal it denies the very existence of OBCs.

Reservations in Myth and Reality

Reservations in Myth and Reality BEHIND the veil of public professions of piety, most governments tend to conceal a secret agenda. Any analysis of government policy therefore must begin by distinguishing between the overt and the covert, between appearance and reality. Rarely however is the distinction as important as in the case of the V P Singh government's reservation policy.

Mandal Commission and the Left

It needs to be asked, as a matter of principle, whether the injustices of history can be corrected in the way the present reservation package seeks to do. Have the parameters of discussion set by the ruling class, which is facing its severest crisis of legitimacy, been thrust, upon the left movement?

Class, Caste and Reservations

Class, Caste and Reservations THE continuing debate on the reservations issue is beginning to reveal a pernicious split among the pro-reservationists on the question of economic versus caste- based criteria for identifying backwardness. Left and democratic people must reflect on the significance of demanding economic criteria.

Dominant Castes, Ruling Classes and the State

Dominant Castes, Ruling Classes and the State D N THE V P Singh government's decision to institute some reservation for backward castes (BCs) has brought about a sharp turn in Indian politics. Certainly it is not the 'social revolution' that some of its votaries are calling it. But the very reaction it has aroused shows that the step is not a mere, insubstantial gesture.

Mandal Commission Will Tribal Interests Suffer

With the acceptance of the Mandal report and the Other Backward Classes being brought under the Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes, will the tribals who will now comprise only a very small proportion of the population under the commission suffer neglect?

Reservation for OBCs Hardly An Abrupt Decision

Reservation for OBCs: Hardly An Abrupt Decision Kameshwar Choudhary The policy of reservation may be a 'reform measure' adopted by the ruling class to maintain the existing inegalitarian system, but opposing it at the moment would be a retrograde step.

Karnataka Backward Classes

Karnataka Backward Classes P Radhakrishnan Karnataka chief minister Veerendra Patil has repeatedly announced his government's commitment to implement the report of Karnataka Third Backward Classes Commission. However, if the stirrings in some of the communities excluded from reservation benefits, like the numerically strong and politically crucial Lingayaths and Vokkaligas, and their demands for rejection of the report are any indication it is unlikely that there will be any earnestness in fulfilling this commitment.

Reservation-An Election Event

Reservation An Election Event THE timing of the current anti- reservation agitations in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat is not unexpected. Reservation of seats in professional educational institutions and/or in government jobs on a caste basis is a device used by ruling parties to expand and consolidate their support bases on the eve of elections. And invariably the move leads the higher castes to take to the street s in protest. Three months ago, just prior to the Lok Sabha poll, the MP government announced reservation of 25 per cent of the seats in professional colleges and government service for 'backward classes'. More recently, just before the impending election to the state legislatures, the Gujarat government also raised the proportion of reserved seats in professional colleges and government service from 10 to 25 per cent. These reservations are in addition to t hose already in existence for Scheduled Cartes and Tribes, freedom fighters. evservicemen, and so on.

Should Caste be the Basis for Recognising Backwardness

Recognising Backwardness ? IP Desai All the commissions appointed by the Central and state governments so far to suggest measures for removal of social and educational backwardness have recognised 'caste' as the source of backwardness and identified particular castes as backward. The list of castes so identified have represented largely the judgments of the different' commissions based on implicit as well as explicit recognition of the traditional ritual caste hierarchy.


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