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Relevance of quota in globalisation discussed

?THE SCHEDULED caste (SC) and the scheduled tribe (ST) are the worst hit due to liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation,? said Dr Pramod Bagade of the Indian Philosophy and Religion Department at Banaras Hindu University.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2006 00:10 IST

“THE SCHEDULED caste (SC) and the scheduled tribe (ST) are the worst hit due to liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation,” said Dr Pramod Bagade of the Indian Philosophy and Religion Department at Banaras Hindu University.

He was delivering a keynote lecture on the ‘Relevance of reservation policy in the era of globalisation’ at BHU on Friday.

The talk was organised by Academique, a discussion group, at the Faculty of Law in BHU.

“Reservation in private firms should be made available for persons belonging to the SC and ST community,” he said. Reservation was a powerful mode for modernisation of India while the sociological structure of the caste system must be clearly understood, he added.

Dr Bagade said globalisation gave birth to a new kind of imperialism. “It is neo-colonialism and these communities should raise their voice against it,” he said.

“Political consciousness among the SC, ST andOBCs of north India has been possible because of reservation,” he said, adding the main purpose of this policy was to eradicate social backwardness and not economic backwardness.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 00:10 IST