The Die is Cast(e): The Debate on Backward Caste/Class Quotas, 1990 and 2006<sup>1</sup>


in Diversity and Change in Modern India

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264515
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734403 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

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

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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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Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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