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Reservations and the Complexities of Judicial Remedy

Diganta Ghosh, Moyna College

All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, Volume 1, Issue 1, September-December, 2020, 29-33



Historically, the term ‘reservations’ has evoked widespread emotions among the country’s populace – for the beneficiaries it has been a vehicle of economic prosperity and social mobility, while for some sizeable others, particularly from the upper castes, it is broadly regarded as a tool of deprivation and vote bank politics. On one hand, this system has given rise to a robust Dalit and Adivasi movement and voice to a section of the population that have faced extreme exploitation through generations; on the other hand, it is seen as unjust to merit and a burden on the exchequer. These complexities have led to conflicts on various fronts from the Parliament to social media. The courts of India have been a primary arena of conflict and also a testimony to the complexities involved in these issues. The scope of this paper is to discuss two cases from two spectrums of thought that underscore the complexities of India’s reservation policy.

Dr. Diganta Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in Moyna College. He has done his M.Phil from the English and Foreign Languages University, and Ph.D from Savitribai Phule Pune University. His areas of interest are language, philosophy and politics.



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