How Mandal Commission data reflects India’s backwardness in caste identification

The invisibility of prominent, high-profile leaders who have blatantly and convincingly championed empowerment, social justice, and the need to address base caste prejudices merits a profound reworking of popular narratives in politics. Ram Manohar Lohia more than 56 years ago spoke of picchde paanve sau mein saath (those who are backward should get a share of power according to their share in the population, 60%).

In Uttar Pradesh, formerly an MP for Azamgarh, the government of Ram Naresh Yadav in 1977 was the first non-Forward government in the state. He was the Janata Party’s choice as chief minister. Mulayam Singh first served as Minister for Cooperative Affairs in his cabinet. But more than ever, the history of Karpuri Thakur, is today almost forgotten, or retouched.

Ram Naresh Yadav is said to have traveled to Governor Raj Bhawan in Lucknow on an rickshaw to demand the formation of the government, and also left in an rickshaw, when he had to resign after the ties of Jan Sangh deteriorated with the socialists in the Janata. To party.

Consider Devaraj Urs, who took office as Chief Minister of Karnataka in August 1972. LG Havanur, a supporter of the Beda (hunter) community, was the chairman of the Havanur Commission he established. Its recommendations were implemented in 1977. Radical land reforms were carried out by the government of Urs.

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