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The OBCs and the Ruling Classes in India

H.S. Verma (Editor)
Synopsis Despite the fact that the OBCs constitute the largest chunk of the Indian society, they are the single most neglected social-constitutional category. This is the first book that attempts to empirically answer crucial questions about their present status and treatment of the OBC problematic by different fractions of the ruling coalition. It is divided into four parts. The first part deals with their composition and characteristics. The second part analyzes the role of the politico-administrative fractions deciding the key questions of methodology of identification and scheduling of the OBCs , the anomalies in the listing, the creamy layer, the composition and decompositions, characteristics, and institutional mechanisms handling different empowerment tasks. The third part highlights the role of the opinion makers. The fourth part presents the acts of commissions and omissions by the bar and the judiciary. The book is likely to trigger a while new sets of studies on the OBCs and the castebased inequalities in India. It would be an essential reading parties and the OBCs themselves.
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About the author

H.S. Verma

Harnam Singh Verma (b. 1942) is a senior sociologist who has worked in such prestigious institutions as the NIRD, Hyderabad (1965-1971), CIDCO Ltd., Mumbai (1971-1974), IIM, Ahmedabad (1975-1977), GIDs, Lucknow (1977-1982) and State Plg Com, U.P. (1982-1993). He has also taught full courses at the TISS, Mumbai as a visiting faculty (1971-72, 1972-73). He was the Member-Secretary-Coordinator of the Expert Committee on Creamy Layer and a Member of the Committee for Fixation of the Percentage of Reservations for the OBCs, both appointed by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1993. he was a Member, State Commission for the Backward Classes, Uttar Pradesh and a Member of the Working Group on Empowerment of the OBCs of the Tenth Five Year Plan. He has authored/co-authored/edited /co-edited nine books, written two dozen monographs, contributed thirty pieces to books edited by others and published 44 research papers in prestigious national and international journals. Social Change in Rural Areas, Industrial Families in India: An enquiry in to nature of their entrepreneurship, Bombay, New Bombay and Metropolitan Region: Growth process and Planning lessons, The OBCs and the ruling classes in India, and The OBCs and the dynamics of social exclusion in India are some of his books that are rated as classics. He has been working on the OBCs for the last 14 years.

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Title The OBCs and the Ruling Classes in India
Author H.S. Verma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170338859
length xv+413p., Tables; Notes; Index; 22cm.