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Type Journal Article - Economic and Political Weekly
Title The Politics of Not Counting Caste-Satish Deshpande, Mary E John
Volume 45
Issue 25
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 39-42
URL https://casi.sas.upenn.edu/sites/casi.sas.upenn.edu/files/iit/The Politics of Not Counting Caste -​EPW.pdf
In the debate on whether or not to count caste in the 2011 Census, there has been too little reflection on the implicit assumptions and analogies about both the census and caste that underpin the positions that have been taken. This article attempts to identify the major models that have been tacitly at work. Questioning the view that the status quo is benign or neutral, it argues that not counting caste has defeated the desire to transcend caste, and suggests that “caste blindness” be rejected in favour of a fresh beginning.

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