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Institutionalizing Constitutional RightsPost-Sachar Committee Scenario$
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Abusaleh Shariff

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199461158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461158.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Institutionalizing Constitutional Rights

Abusaleh Shariff

Oxford University Press

This introduction describes and contextualizes welfare initiatives and policy responses after the Sachar Committee Report of 2006, which sparked widespread awareness of socio-economic disparity and exclusion of religious minorities in India, especially Muslims. Until this study, no comprehensive evaluation has been conducted of policies for minorities. The introduction assesses existing initiatives, policy promises, and as-yet unaddressed needs. The book’s theoretical framework situates India’s constitutional promises of ‘equal opportunity’ for citizens as a secular democracy despite the recent calls for policies of positive discrimination on the basis of religion. Mainstreaming and institutionalization are identified as crucial for effective development and equality.

Keywords:   Indian constitution, secularism, democracy, development, minority rights, reservations/affirmative action

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