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Carrier Of Social Justice In India : Implications For Affirmative Action Programs In Nepal

Professor Gopal Guru from the Centre for Political Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University presented on the topic “Carrier Of Social Justice In India : Implications For Affirmative Action Programs In Nepal “, on 20  and 21 December 2012. Re-contextualizing India’s reservation policy in Nepal makes sense for those who see commonality of social context that prevails in both the countries. This book contributes to the more robust and balanced understanding of reservation for Dalits in Nepal since it touches the subtle issues of how Dalits view reservation provisions as a matter of right for parity and not for charity, and how the State alone can offer Dalit an opportunity to treat reservation as the matter of right and not somebody’s patronage flowing from somebody’s benevolence. Towards the conclusion of this lecture, he makes a final point that reservations policy presupposes education, and education in turn presupposes placement into adequate opportunity structures. He also lays out the necessary conditions – constitutional democracy and an innovative state – for effective implementation of affirmative action and reservation policies for social inclusion and transformation in Nepal. The Nepali translation “Nepal ko laagi sakaratmak bibhed niti”, a compilation of 4 lecture series is also available for the convenience of Nepali readers.

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