Reservation Policy: Time for a Revamp?

By Elizabath Pappachan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

The reservation policy is in a way uniquely Indian. The reservation policy is a form of affirmative action or positive discrimination where the idea is to support the disadvantaged members of society through advantages given in areas like education and employment, amongst others. It emerges from different conceptions of equality. The commonly accepted idea of equality states that all humans are equal and should be treated equally, regardless of race, gender, religion, caste and other social barriers. However, affirmative action arises from a conception of equality that acknowledges differences of social background and the discrimination of certain sections of society may mean that people do need to be treated differently to achieve true equality. (more…)

Scrapping off Muslim Quota: A Vision

By Shayamvar Deb, MATS Law School, Raipur.

Finally, the Fadnabis Government has decided to repeal 5% reservation to the Muslim community in both jobs and education. A resolution dated as on March 02, 2015 by the Government of Maharashtra was announced with the cancellation of the earlier resolution of July 24, 2014 brought in by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party Government that announced the 5% reservation for Muslims. The same resolution also included 16% reservation of the Marathas, which get upheld by the new BJP Government through a bill introduced in last December. (more…)