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Diversity and Change in Modern IndiaEconomic, Social and Political Approaches$
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Anthony F. Heath and Roger Jeffery

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264515

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264515.001.0001

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The Die is Cast(e): The Debate on Backward Caste/Class Quotas, 1990 and 20061

The Die is Cast(e): The Debate on Backward Caste/Class Quotas, 1990 and 20061

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(p.165) 7 The Die is Cast(e): The Debate on Backward Caste/Class Quotas, 1990 and 20061
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Diversity and Change in Modern India
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ZOYA HASAN

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264515.003.0007

This chapter discusses the controversy generated by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's decision to extend reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in higher education. It looks at two issues that have dominated Indian policy debates with regards to reservations for OBCs. The first issue is about whether caste is an indicator of disadvantage, while the second issue pertains to the conception of backwardness. The chapter shows that many issues still remain unresolved, such as the position of the more affluent segments and the position of minorities.

Keywords:   United Progressive Alliance, Other Backward Classes, Indian policy debates, backwardness

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