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Quotas on the learning curve

Whatever the provenance of the recipient of affirmative action - whether caste, tribe, or, the latest innovation, economic situation - neither tool is truly empowering or socially transformative

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Reservation Policy  |  Quota Reservation  |  Lok Sabha

Kanika Datta 



Kanika Datta

The misgivings raised by the “Forwards Quota” Bill, which was moved and passed by the on the same day with a 323-to-3 majority, has highlighted like never before the dichotomies in the debate over job and education quotas that have festered since the 1950s. Affirmative action in a country steeped in societal injustices is an unexceptionable value. But it is worth wondering whether the “top-down” approach that has long prevailed — ever-escalating quotas in government jobs and for admission in government-owned or –aided institutes of higher education — is the practical way to go about it.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 21:33 IST

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