RETHINKING ON RESERVATIONS ON THE BASIS OF CASTE

Reservation of certain opportunities for certain disadvantageous social groups is as old a legal principle in India as the Constitution of the nation itself. It was however agreed by our national leaders during the power-transferring period that no healthy political system can be resulted if it had to be based on caste. Jawaharlal Nehru in his ‘The Discovery of India’ stated that the much cherished idea of equality among all will remain a day-dream in such a political system. The Chairperson of the Drafting Committee of our Constitution, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar stated “You cannot build anything on the foundation of caste. You cannot build up a nation. Anything you build on the foundation of caste will crack and will never be a whole.” If these leaders, in spite of such attitude, had agreed to insert the reservation clauses in our Constitution, then the aim was nothing other than achieving equality in the social sector after a certain length of time. But in social science, theory and practice do not always go hand in hand. Although it was initially thought that 
fixing a period of ten years would be reasonably sufficient for bringing the reservation system to a satisfactory end, what appears now is that either because of improper use of the provision, or misuse of it by the vested interest groups, the time limit has to be extended again and again bringing the limitation clause of time almost to a naught.  This seemingly permanent nature of the reservation provision is also responsible for producing a clear sense of relative deprivation among the non reserved section of citizens. Time is now to rethink on the reservation provision for making it a strong weapon for establishing social equality in true sense of the term.

Editorial note prepared byDr. Bolin Hazarika
Retd. HOD, Political Science, J. B. College
Former President, North-East India Political Science Association


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We are thankful to Dr. Bolin Hazarika sir for writing in this issue giving a thought-provoking head-start from the Editors’ Desk. Dr. Bolin Hazarika is Retd. HOD, Political Science, J. B. College, Jorhat and Former President of North-East India Political Science Association.

In presenting this issue with multidisciplinary research articles contributed by the international and national level scholars, we are indebted to Dr. Bolin Hazarika sir for his unconditional association and guidance.

Thanks to all authors, research scholars, writers those who have given us opportunity again to publish their works. We also acknowledge to all those who extended whole-hearted support and cooperation in shaping this issue including the honorary advisory board, honorary technical review board and all members of editorial team.
Editors
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