A contest of two faulty arguments familiar to Indians
The affirmative action debate misses the point of what a truly compassionate society should aim to achieve.
The US Supreme Court has deemed it illegal for universities to practise “affirmative action", which is an American phrase for what Indians call “reservations". This is a part of the court’s war against discrimination based on “race", which is an American word for “caste", and to assert the US Constitution’s “colorblindness," which is American idealistic nonsense whose Indian equivalent is “secularism." The verdict was split with a majority of judges in favour of abolition and three dissents, marking not the end of a war, but a historic moment in an eternal political contest of two bad arguments.