ISBN 9780761935810,Caste-Based Reservations and Human Development in India

Caste-Based Reservations and Human Development in India


K S Chalam


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9780761935810

ISBN-10 0761935819


Number of Pages 208 Pages
Language (English)

Human rights

Caste-based reservations have existed in India for more than a century. Initially introduced by the British to bring about equal of opportunity in education, reservation was later extended to other sectors of the development process to overcome the economic inequalities attributed to caste. Even today, concepts like affirmative action and quotas are being debated to justify reservation. Caste-based Reservations and Human Development in India comprehensively analyses the impact of such reservations on the target groups, as well as on major human development indices, taking into consideration time series data. An alternative strategy of applying the democratic principle of caste-based reservation is also discussed. Table of Contents Preface Introduction Present Status of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes Caste and Economic Inequalities in India Social Linkages of Artisans with Technology and Development The Socially and Educationally Backward Castes vs Economically-backward Class Untouchability and Poverty Among Dalits Impact of Caste-based Reservations Caste Reservations to Remedy Socio-economic Inequalities Human Development Through Caste Reservations: A Study Dalit Development in Andhra Pradesh: A Case Study of the Impact of Reservations on Development The Alternative: Replace Caste-based Reservation with Democratic Representation Bibliography Index