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Caste question in Jaipur
Published on 23 Jan. 2011 12:04 AM IST
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Barely two weeks since the State government was able resolve the Gujjar demand for reservations, a new controversy over quotas is brewing in the state. All because of a questionnaire prepared by the State Backward Class Commission.Questions meant to help district collectors identify economically weaker sections of higher castes have paradoxically enraged the groups they aim to help and how! Angry demonstrations took place outside the Rajasthan Backward Classes commission on Thursday.
The questionnaire has upset not just the members of these groups, but also sociologists who find the questions offensive and redundant. Rajiv Gupta, Sociologist, Jaipur said, “Its a serious issue and it’s shocking that the schedule lacks basic linguistic decency”.
The Commission is understandably on the defensive. PK Tiwari, Chairperson, Backward Classes commission, said, “This is a questionnaire which was drafted by the commission fifteen years back after consulting various reports, including the Mandal Commission. No one has objected to it all these years. This is the procedure we follow”.
While its ironic that even though this government document has been in use for fifteen years, now with its controversial content the objections have come in only after it was sent to assess the eligibility of ‘upper castes’ for backward classes quota.
It not just underlines the urgency to revise it but is also a window into the insensitive and obsolete procedures the government uses in dealing with sensitive issues.

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