An alternative narrative of caste reservations in India

Since its independence, caste reservations in India have triggered controversies and have been vehemently debated by both the adherents and its detractors. Over the years, the policy of caste reservation has been effectively used by the political parties as a tool to appropriate their vote-banks.

The caste-based reservation has created a dominant educated elite within the backward communities, who benefit from the policies while retaining the narrative of backwardness. The narrative upon which the policy of reservation was based had been altered to benefit the caste and political elites.

In the REPUBLIC OF RESERVATION, Adarsh Badri puts forth the concept of caste and its impact in shaping society. The book analyses the policy of caste-based reservation and its impact on the politics of backwardness, the Mandal Commission and implication on the society, and the flaws within the policy.

It highlights the relationship between the ‘social justice’ and ‘equal opportunity’. The book proposes an alternative model of affirmative action by accounting for individual deprivation based on birth.

Bold, provocative, and passionately argued, based on a mountain of facts that it presents, the REPUBLIC OF RESERVATION compels us to revisit the policy of reservations.

Rupa Publications (forthcoming)

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