1st Edition

Caste, Reservation, Atrocity Law and Discrimination

By Sthabir Khora Copyright 2025
    190 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a collection of essays based on the thoughts generated by teaching courses and doing research related to the sociology of education and sociology of law over the years in TISS. It compiles theorizations, judgements, consequences, and ramifications to present a collection of free-thinking essays around the interrelated themes of caste, reservation, atrocity law, and discrimination. While it takes into account existing thinking on particular matters, it also reaches new junctures and presents them to the reader. Among other topics, this book also details the academic strategy for undermining caste, discusses the popular polemic around reservation, and explores the interface between criminal law and caste.

    The subject matter of this book also includes:

    • Escape from Caste Through Conversion: Is there a Way Out or a Way In?
    • Reservation and the Creamy Layer Principle: Solving the Puzzle
    • Questioning Excellence: Expelling 73 Students in IIT Roorkee
    • Lacking the Basics: The Supreme Court Judgement on Atrocities Act
    • Law and Exclusion

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    Abbreviations and Glossary

    Preface

    1. Introduction

    PART I: CASTE

    2. Shastra (scripture) or Shastra (power) Origin of Caste: Sociological Imaginations

    3. Amartya Sen, Capability Approach and Caste

    4. Inter-Caste Marriage: Pain or Gain

    5. Escape from Caste Through Conversion: Is there a Way Out or a Way in?

    6. Sociology of Education: Towards Inclusive Theorising

    PART II: RESERVATION

    7. Patel Agitation and the Rationale Behind SC/ST Reservations

    8. Reservation and the Creamy Layer Principle: Solving the Puzzle

    9. Creamy Layer: Jurisprudence in the Air

    10. Fifty per cent Ceiling on Reservation: Can Efficiency Override Justice?

    11. Questioning Excellence: Expelling 73 Students in IIT Roorkee

    12. Judicial Independence or Sovereignty!

    13. Reservation in Private Sector Employment: Is It Justified?

    PART III: LAW, ATROCITY AND DISCRIMINATION

    14. ‘Final Reports’ Under Section 498A and the SC/ST Atrocities Act

    15. Lacking the Basics: The Supreme Court Judgement on Atrocities Act

    16. Misconstruction of the Anti-Atrocities Act’s Misuse

    17. Removing Discrimination in Universities

    18. Law and Exclusion

    Index

    Biography

    Sthabir Khora voluntarily retired from academics in 2022 to focus on grassroots social change. He was Professor and Dean of the School of Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He is the author of Education and Teacher Professionalism which is a recommended reading in the syllabus of M.Ed programs of multiple universities in India.