By Thomas Sowell

This booklet strikes the dialogue of affirmative motion past the us to different nations that experience had comparable guidelines, usually for an extended time than americans have. It additionally strikes the dialogue past the theories, rules, and legislation which were so frequently debated to the particular empirical effects of affirmative motion within the usa and in India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and different nations. either universal styles and nationwide variations are tested. a lot of what emerges from a genuine exam of those rules flatly contradicts a lot of what was once anticipated and lots more and plenty of what has been claimed.

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Because their work, such as working with leather, often goes against the tenets of Hinduism, there have been serious questions whether they could be considered Hindus at all. While they have historically considered themselves Hindus, many have converted to other religions that do not have a caste stigma. History Historically, prohibitions against any physical contact with caste Hindus were just some of the restrictions placed on untouchables, backed up by severe punishments for any violation. ∂ They could not draw water from the same well used by caste Hindus—and, in some places, still could not in practice, decades after they had the legal right to do so.

A study of scholarships for untouchables pointed out the reason: The scholarship money . . can hardly be expected to induce the really poor to go in for higher education and, if one does go in for it, to continue till he completes the course. Only those who have some other sources to rely on can avail of these scholarships. ≤≥ Among the consequences of this situation are that (1) many reserved places go unfilled, (2) those places that have been filled have been filled disproportionately by the more fortunate members of the less fortunate groups and (3) those members of these groups who have gone on to higher education have usually gone to the less demanding institutions, spe- affirmative action in india ≥∞ cialized in the easier (and less remunerative) subjects, taken longer to graduate, and dropped out much more often than other students.

Only those who have some other sources to rely on can avail of these scholarships. ≤≥ Among the consequences of this situation are that (1) many reserved places go unfilled, (2) those places that have been filled have been filled disproportionately by the more fortunate members of the less fortunate groups and (3) those members of these groups who have gone on to higher education have usually gone to the less demanding institutions, spe- affirmative action in india ≥∞ cialized in the easier (and less remunerative) subjects, taken longer to graduate, and dropped out much more often than other students.

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