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Gandhi-Ambedkar Interface . . . When Shall the Twain Meet?

Gandhi-Ambedkar Interface . . . When Shall the Twain Meet? Gandhi and Ambedkar would have agreed on as many issues as they would have disagreed upon. They could not find much ground for co-operation and collaboration. In popular perception—and in the perception of many of their followers too—they remained opponents. Both indulged in verbal duels…

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Ambedkar’s Socialism: Some Reflections

Ambedkar’s Socialism: Some Reflections Babasaheb Ambedkar experientially and pragmatically looked at Indian society as structurally unequal because of the caste system that governed what a person born in a particular caste would get. He was naturally attracted to socialism as a system of property equaliser. The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the first conscious attempt of…

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On 10% Reservation to Economically Weak Sections in General Category

Mr. Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, Member Parliament, on 8 January 2019, sought a reply from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, to the question (No. 4475) on ‘Reservation for Poor’. Mr. Reddy’s question was : (a) whether the Government is exploring the scope of providing reservation for poor candidates from forward communities for…

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The Maratha Agitation for Reservations: Part II

The Maratha Agitation for Reservations: Part II   In the previous article, we had analysed how the demand for reservations being raised by the Maratha community and the government bowing to their demand and granting them 16% reservation is not going to result in the creation of any significant jobs for these youth. In this…

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The Maratha Agitation for Reservations

The Maratha Agitation for Reservations The Marathas, one of the dominant castes of Maharashtra, who constitute probably around 32–35% of the State’s population (this is only an estimate, as there has been no caste based census in India since 1932), are agitating for reservations once again. Earlier, during 2016 and 2017, they had organised 52…