A caste count may, on the face of it, appear to be a swingback to an antediluvian social construct, but “shining India’s” chattering class must realise that a caste-based census is a reflection of social reality 90 years after a similar enumeration. Strangely, there can be no obfuscation of that reality. It is a critical factor that continues to determine State Policy 70 years after the adoption of the Constitution. Castes remain a major underpinning of public policy, most importantly in the spheres of education and employment. In fact, it forms the foundation of the entire reservation concept in independent India. (Read More)
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