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COMMENTARY Economic & Political Weekly EPW july 17, 2010 vol xlv no 29 13 specific list of castes and tribes. For ex- ample, Garasias will only rarely be found in West Bengal but frequently in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Once this classification list is developed it should be tested by incorporation in large nationwide sample surveys. This can then be incorporated in the 2021 Census. As we look at the complexity of creating a full list of jatis and subjatis and including it in an enumeration system, it is clear that it is unlikely that at this late date any data collection system can be designed for it incor poration in the 2011 Census that would do justice to the complexity of I ndian social organisation and would meet the policy demands for data. However, unless we start thinking about this now, when the national attention is centred on the impor- tance of caste data, it is unlikely that we will be ready even by 2021. If we start now, it is not unrealistic that we may be able to obtain caste information in 2021, 90 years after the 1931 Census when caste data were last col- lected. Fortunately, by 2021 technological advances will allow each enumerator to carry a handheld device or Personal Digital Assistant with her to avoid her having to flip through pages and pages of caste list to find a classification code for the Dasha Shrimali Modh Banik respondent she is likely to encounter in Surat but not in Shillong. References Anderson, Benedict (1983): Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationa- lism (New York: Verso). Das, Veena, ed. (2003): Handbook of Indian Sociology (New Delhi: Oxford University Press). Desai, Sonalde, Amaresh Dubey, B L Joshi, Mitali Sen, Abusaleh Shariff and Reeve Vanneman (2010): Hu- man Development in India: Challenges for a Society in Transition (New Delhi: Oxford University Press). Desai, Sonalde and Veena Kulkarni (2008): “Changing Educational Inequalities in India: In the C ontext of Affirmative Action”, Demography, 45 (2): 245-70. Deshpande, Ashwini (2000): “Does Caste Still Define Disparity? A Look at Inequality in Kerala, India”, The American Economic Review, 90 (2):322-25. Dirks, Nicholas (2001): Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press). Govinda, R (2002): “India Education Report” (New Delhi: Oxford University Press). Navsarjan Trust and RFK Center (2010): Understand- ing Untouchability: A Comprehensive Study of Practices and Conditions in 1589 Villages, 20102010, available from http://www.rfkcenter. org/untouchability. Thorat, Sukhdeo and Katherine Newman, ed. (2009): Blocked by Caste: Economic Discrimination in Mod- ern India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press). Zuberi, Tokufu (2001): Thicker Than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press). Review of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana D Narayana The enrolment of the poor in the flagship health insurance scheme, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana in its third year of operation does not show any sign of it covering all the poor by 2012. This article estimates the proportion of the eligible below the poverty line families
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