January 13, 2019

Quota policies, placebo politics

Visiting Senior Fellow Shankkar Aiyar writes in The New Indian Express on passing of the 124th amendment to the Constitution to enable expansion of reservations by a further 10 per cent.

 

"When Members of Parliament voted this week, they also, in a sense, certified the true state of the political economy. Indians were informed by the political class that India needs more reservations. The passing of the 124th amendment to the Constitution to enable expansion of reservations by a further 10 per cent deserves to be marked as a watershed moment in the journey of the republic. 

 

The fact that India needs more reservations—seven decades after Independence, in the 69th year of the republic, after 16 general elections, after 12 five-year plans—to deliver on the promises made in the Constitution, in the Directive Principles of State Policy, is a testament to benumbed politics and the precarious state of public policy."

 

Read the full article here.

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