Right to Equality vis-a-vis Reservation System in India Essay

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Right to Equality in
India
Vis-à-Vis
Reservation in favor of
Backward Classes

Nisshtha Ghai
BBA-LLB

Present Day Scenario
Original Story:
The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house & laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool & laughs dances plays the summer away.
Come winter, the Ant is warm & well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
Indian Version:
The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house & laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool & laughs dances plays the summer away.
NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of
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Thus, the legislature may (i) exempt certain classes of property from taxation at all, such as charities, libraries etc. (ii) impose different specific taxes upon different trades and profession.1 History of Reservation System
The drafters of the Indian constitution visualized that a major chunk of population, because of living in remote areas, might remain devoid of benefits that would be available to other citizens of free India. To neutralize this handicap they introduced reservations in education and
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Yusuf V. State of Bombay, AIR.1954 S.C.321

employment. In their opinion, this approach was easier than extending the reach of the facilities to remote locations. And they believed that in due course of time the backward classes would be propped up to a level that equals the others.
Some strange reawakening prompted the Janta Party government under Bharat Ratna Morarji
Desai to enlarge the span of reservations. Mandal commission was established in India in 1979 with a mandate to identify the socially or educationally backward, based on additional parameters. The commission brought in 11 socio-economic and educational indicators to determine backwardness and introduced the term ‘Other Backward Classes (OBC)’, as a yet another class distinction in the country. The commission’s report of 1980 recommended that for accommodating the
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