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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Note of Dissent

 

As members of the pre-Independence generation, we have always been firm believers in equal rights for women. For us the recognition of this principle in the Constitution heralded the beginning of a new era for the women of this country. As we have never been supporters of special representation or class representation in any form, in academic discussions we had often criticised the system of reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, as a legacy of the colonial period which institutionalised the backwardness of certain sections of our population.

When we started out on this investigation, it had not even occurred to us to seek the opinion of the people about the system of representation provided in the Constitution. ...

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