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The legal basis for affirmative action in India

Kiruba Munusamy

No wp-2022-74, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: The affirmative action policy in India came into practice because of the generations of struggle undergone by the untouchable castes and other backward classes, who were historically excluded from education and administration. As society changed, it was inevitable that the vulnerable groups who had so far been forgotten in terms of social justice should be 'included'. However, this paper finds that, instead of recognizing this need the judiciary continued to apply illogical limitations and age-old precedents that disrupted the implementation of affirmative action.

Keywords: Affirmative action; Reservation; India; Judicial; Justice; Law (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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