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POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH PAPER TOPIC: RESERVATIONS Submitted To: Prof. Harathi Vageeshan Submitted By: Shubhi Goyal Roll Number: 59 Group IV NALSAR University of Law
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My Reasons for Choosing this Topic: For as long as I can remember, I have been intrigued by the idea of reservations- whether for women, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, or for the other backward classes. I have had very conflicting views- on the one hand, it’s acceptance as a means of paying back the so-called ‘disadvantaged classes’ for all the atrocities suffered by them over the centuries and also as a tool for their upliftment and on the other hand, a kind of rage fueled by my belief that it was just something being used to give an unfair advantage to these sections of society. I could not see any reason for having what in my mind was a “useless rule” which gave an unfair advantage to some based on their caste, while more meritorious people had to settle for colleges lower on the rankings list, simply because their seats had been given to other “undeserving people”. But now that I think about it, I realize that I have been unfair and have chosen to comment on an issue of which I had no real understanding. I hope to remedy my ignorance about this complex topic by way of this research paper. My main reason for choosing this topic of Reservations for my Political Science Research Paper, at this point in time, is that in my two months at NALSAR, as a student of Political Science, I have begun to look at things from a new perspective. With my newfound understanding of topics such as equality, justice etc., I hope to view this issue also through a new lens and understand the reasons behind Reservations. I hope to answer such questions as- why did our government choose to continue Reservations even after 68 years of our Independence? Are reservations being misused by political parties today to further their own cause- namely to get votes? Have reservations really had any impact in the upliftment of the ‘disadvantaged classes’? Has its true benefits percolated to sections that really need them? 1 I will also be comparing the system of Reservations in India with the methods employed by other countries such as the Brazil, Canada and UK for the upliftment of backward classes in their own countries. I would also engage in a discussion regarding the issue of reservations for women. Lastly I will examine the idea of having reservations based on economic considerations either exclusively or in connection with the existent system based on caste. Background: 1 Pradipta Chaudhary, The Creamy Layer- Political Economy of Reservations, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY, [] 2
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The reservation policy is a kind of an ‘affirmative action’ or ‘positive discrimination’ 2 for the upliftment of designated, disadvantaged groups with the aid of an elaborate quota system in public jobs, government funded public institutions such as the IITs and in most elected assemblies. 3 The groups are mostly those, which have historically suffered discrimination.
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