Book title: Reservation in India
Author(s): Harpreet Kaur , R.K. Suri 
ISBN: 978-81-8274-403-5
Publication Year: 2009
Binding: HB
Pages: 238
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About the Book:
If India has to emerge as a prominent economic power in the 21st centaury, the SCs, the STs, the OBCs and other minorities have to be equally equipped as any sector of the society. A holistic approach recognising diversity in the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multilingual society like ours can be entrusted to ensure nondiscrimination and equal access to opportunities. Reservations` although an effective measure can be taken as a variety of measures designed to end the oppressive discrimination. A level playing field has to be created to not only facilitate empowerment for downtrodden but also social harmony for all in the segments. This book has been organized into twelve chapters and delves deep into the problem of social inequality and protective discrimination as a remedy to the profound evil existing in our society. The authors of Indian`s governance or Constitutional Management thought that with the dedicated band of freedom fighters and rare efforts of Government the vulnerable sections of society would be brought to mainstream within the very short span of ten years. Those who were ignorant, illiterate and extremely poor were unable to reap the benefit of reservation. Moreover, everyone may not cherish for a Government job. The constitutional promise of the egalitarian society was to be achieved through the means of reservations based on caste in the field of public employment and education. The idea of egalitarian society was envisaged and incorporated into the Constitution of India, which came into force in 1950 and mandated 15% reservation from the scheduled castes (SCs), and the 7.5% for the scheduled tribes (STs). The OBC`s who have faced unequal opportunities in the society necessitated governmental action for it in the form of 27% reservation. The implication of reservation for OBCs in the higher education is discussed at length in the later chapters. Other issues pertaining to reservation viz., the issue of women reservation, reservations in corporate sector, reservations for the disabled etc. are discussed at length in this book. This discourse on reservations in the private sector is gaining prominence which needs to be looked in depth for the upliftment of communities or individuals and have to go beyond the prism of reservations in the corporate sector. The idea of empowering women by making legal provisions of reserving one-third of seats for women in Parliament and State Assemblies have strengthened, yet many contradictory reactions have emerged on the Women`s Bill from time to time.

About the Author:
Harpreet Kaur : ``Dr. Harpreet Kaur is a gold medalist in M.A., Political Science. Presently, she is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science in Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, University of Delhi. She is a prolific writer and has many books to her credit namely Politics, Ethics and Social Responsibility of Business, Democracy and Governance in India, Contemporary India etc. She has also contributed articles in various journals and national dailies. Dr. R.K. Suri is a MBA degree holder and at present is the Director General of Monad University. He is former Founder Executive Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Management, Rae Bareli and heads Project Division of Educational Consultants India Limited. He has done Ph.D. from University of Delhi. He has worked as core faculty in business school before joining as a Scientist (1990-1995) at CSIR. He has been consultant to a number of national organizations (Ministry of Surface Transport, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Delhi Police, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, ICMR, etc.) and international organizations (ICRISAT, UNDP, WHO, UNFPA, FAO, World Bank, etc). He is associated with number of management institutes as Visiting Faculty and Consultant. He is Adjunct Professor of management at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Government of India. R.K. Suri has published several articles in leading journals. He was a member of editorial team of AICTE book: ``Technical Education in Independent India.`` He is the co-author of ``Marketing Management``, ``Business Policy and Strategic Management`` and Editor-in-chief of International Encyclopedia of Organizational Behavior. Dr. R.K. Suri is actively involved in teaching, research and consultancy in the area of Management of Services for the last 20 years. ``

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