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Indian Journal of Federal Studies
(Vol.XIII, No.1, 2012)

ISSN No. 0976-8408

Scheduled Castes' Reservation in J&K: Promises and Failures 

- Muhammad Tajuddin


In the constitutional and legal practices of the state, we do not find conformity of policies and political consensus regarding Scheduled Castes reservation. Teh demand for reservation of the Dalit members, unsupported by their coreligionists, was rejected as communal by the state leadership in the State Constituent Assembly. Varying intensity of abject backwardness in different strata of majority community i.e. Muslims instead of being addressed ingeniously in the constitutional paradigm of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes was first made an argument to resist Scheduled Castes reservation and then to substitute it by religious reservation confidentially with tacit agreement of Jammu leadership in the ratio of 50:40:10 for state Muslims, Jammu Hindus and the rest respectively. The paper seeks to examine the protracted process of spadework to intruduce Scheduled Castes reservation in the state, reasons for delay and its persistent flaws. 

[Page No. 33 - 52]





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