The questionable benefits of quota politics
Electoral reservations have not improved developmental outcomes for reserved constituencies
One of the most contentious issues in Indian politics even before it became a free country was the issue of electoral reservations for deprived caste groups. At that time, any attempt at advancing the interests of any sub-section of Indian society was viewed with suspicion by nationalists of the Congress party. The father of the Indian Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar, however, differed from the mainstream thinking on this, and consistently argued that the Indian government, with the best of motives, will not be able to do much to address the grievances of Dalits unless it had Dalit representation.