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Book Review: These Seats are Reserved: Caste, Quotas and the Constitution of India | Rudra Chandran

Rudra Chandran reviews Abhinav Chandrachud’s These Seats are Reserved: Caste, Quotas and the Constitution of India, recommending it to understand reservations and caste dynamics. However, the author delves into shortcomings of the book – Chandrachud’s failure to adequately engage with the primary aim of reservations – enforcing distributive justice – with no suggestions as to how inequalities may be addressed beyond the provision of quotas. Further, the book also does not address issues relating to economically weaker sections. The author concludes that while the book may be referred to as a neutral, beginner’s guide, neutrality is a position that one may no longer take in the present climate.



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