For nearly sixty years, India, through a policy called "reservations," has attempted to put an end to its ancient caste system by using quotas and other benefits to ensure that historically disadvantaged groups have political voice, access to education, and opportunities for state employment. The legal doctrine developed alongside this policy traces the national memory of the caste system and its consequences, and reflects an understanding that the caste system has left a pervasive mark on nearly every aspect of Indian society.
Caste and the Problem of Social Reform in Indian Equality Law,
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