India's affirmative action controversy
Podcast |
Witness
Publisher |
BBC
Media Type |
audio
Podknife Tags |
History
Society & Culture
Categories Via RSS |
History
Publication Date |
Sep 11, 2019
Episode Duration |
00:10:50
In 1990 the Indian government introduced an affirmative action plan that had been lying unimplemented for a decade. The Mandal Commission recommended guaranteeing a percentage of government jobs to lower caste Hindus. It's implementation was an attempt by the government to quell the rise of Hindu nationalism. But the move proved controversial from the outset and led to weeks of student protests across India.  Farhana Haider has been speaking to a retired superintendent of police, Dilip Trivedi who remembers the implementation of the report and its aftermath. Photo Students protesting Mandal Commission proposal for quotas on govt. jobs for so called backward castes 1990. Credit Getty Images.

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