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Quota for poor: Constitutional and social issues, implications

Justice Jeevan Reddy in the Mandal judgment held that “a backward class cannot be determined only and exclusively with reference to economic criterion. It may be a consideration or basis along with and in addition to social backwardness, but it can never be the sole criterion...”

Amid demands for more reservation, OBC picture unclear

The Mandal Commission report of 1980 estimated the OBC population at 52 per cent based on the 1931 Census. The National Sample Survey Organisation data of 2006 shows the OBC population at 41 per cent, but it was only an estimate based on sample data.


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The comic play, Front Page, is an adaptation of a classic production of Broadway. It is being presented in Hindi by Dramatech, a theatre group founded by ex-IITians in 1985.

OBC count to be part of Census 2021, 3 decades after Mandal Commission

The latest move is likely to put an end to the longstanding demand from political parties to update the previous caste-based census conducted 87 years ago, in 1931, by the British.

No chief named month after govt formed OBC list restructure panel

The commission is to be set up under Article 340 of the Constitution.

After Mandal

A new alignment of incentives and unrest is emerging . It could make reservations an important political axis


25 years of Mandal protests- His struggle changed India’s politics: Rajeev Goswami's daughter

In the midst of protests and debate over reservations, the story of a protester from 25 years ago: Rajeev Goswami, whose self-immolation bid made him the face of the anti-quota agitation.

25 years of Mandal protests- I had no idea what reservation was: Self-immolation survivor Atul Aggarwal

Aggarwal was then a 12-year-old Class VII student and “had no idea” what reservation was. “It had something to do with child psychology,” he says, sitting in his one-room flat in Noida.

A short history of quota: Story that predates Mandal

Princely states, even the Raj, had recognised the need to correct social disadvantage.

Sunday Story: Mandal Commission report, 25 years later

On August 7, 1990, V P Singh tabled the Mandal Commission report in Parliament, setting off an upheaval that pushed a new generation of ‘backwards’ into the forefront of Indian society. Profiles four faces from that defining period.