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Why counting caste along with main census is impractical

Sections 330 and 332 of the Constitution provide reservation criteria for SCs/STs in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies in proportion to their population. (Illustration by C R Sasikumar) The Indian census is a pageantry of statistics. Every decade, it rallies the largest administrative capacity in the world’s second-most populous country. The upcoming census would be critical to gauge the country’s latest demographic dynamics but as the date draws closer, the popular demand for caste enumeration has recurred. Ever since the reservation quotas for backward castes were implemented in 1992, as per the Mandal Commission report, the demand […]

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