ISBN 9789350293553,Falling Over Backwards: An Essay On Reservations And Judicial Populism

Falling Over Backwards: An Essay On Reservations And Judicial Populism


Arun Shourie


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350293553

ISBN-10 9350293552


Number of Pages 524 Pages
Language (English)

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Arun Shourie's genius behind imparting his methodical research to persuasive writing is yet again evident in Falling over Backwards. With facts, figures, and statements, combined with the confrontational rhetoric of the author, Falling over Backwards offers a riveting read about the truths behind reservations in jobs and education in India. The issue has been debated throughout the country since the Mandal Commission Report was unleashed in 1989. Arun Shourie, with his inimitable attention to details, asserts that the pro-reservation judgements of the Supreme Court can also pose danger to the dynamism of our social and political systems in a long run. He discusses whether reservations have served the actual purpose they were intended for, along with the history and debates held in the Constituent Assembly on the same. Shourie asserts that reservations are a root cause for much of the problems plaguing India today. The book is a must-read for those who wish to know more about reservations and its effects in detail. About Arun Shourie Arun Shourie is a venerated Indian scholar, journalist, politician and author. He was a Member of Parliament in the Government of India. He was the Editor of The Indian Express and The Times of India. He has been honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in the year 1982. Arun Shourie was a consultant to the Planning Commission of India and was also a World Bank Economist. Some of the other notable books penned by Shourie are Does He Know a Mother's Heart? How Suffering Refutes Religions; Courts and their Judgements: Premises, Prerequisites, Consequences; The World of Fatwas or the Sharia in Action; and Where Will All This Take Us.