Two Steps “Backward”: Is Reservation the Only Way Forward for Marathas?

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Two Steps “Backward”: Is Reservation the Only Way Forward for Marathas?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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aharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has a problem. On one hand, he has Maratha protesters, led by groups like the Maratha Kranti Morcha, organising demonstrations across the state, leading to incidents of stray violence as they campaign for reservation. On the other, he has to grapple with the idea of being on the wrong side of history, if he gives in to the demands and perpetuates India’s tortured history with reservations, originally envisioned as a temporary measure.

India’s reservation first came into effect in 1950, making it one of the oldest affirmative action systems in the world. It was originally meant to last for only 10 years, but they persist to this day. It’s fairly clear that even for “upper-caste”, upper class, and traditionally dominant groups, being labelled “backward” is considered your best chance to get forward.

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