Caste Census: Why it stopped and why it must start again


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The Centre submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court last week, saying no to conducting a caste census. It was in response to a writ petition by the Maharashtra government to collect OBC data in the state while conducting census 2021. On this episode of The Suno India Show, our reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee explores the history of the caste census, how it began, why it stopped, and why demands for it are growing.

She speaks to political scientist and TISS professor Ashwani Kumar, president of All India OBC Students Association Gowd Kiran Kumar, and senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research D. Shyam Babu.
To hear them explain the history of reservation in our previous episode, please listen to: OBC Bill: A history of reservation and how we got here.

Additional reading:

Centre’s Affidavit to Supreme Court on Caste Census
How ‘Shudra’ And OBC Categories Differ?
The importance of caste census and its political implications

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