After a long parliamentary debate and much hullabaloo, it was announced that the Census 2011 would be conducted again on the basis of caste and class. But thanks to the unholy alliance between the politicians and the bureaucracy and their deviousness, the entire exercise has been rendered useless.
The government’s motives on this issue are suspect. The form for entering information is named ‘Social, economic and caste census’ but the column on caste has been designed in such a way that the people will mention their class and not caste. On top of that, upper castes and OBCs have been bunched together. This is nothing but a joke. Now, the enumerators have to fill up another form and they are either charging the respondents for it or are asking them to get it photocopied. What has happened in Bihar must have been replicated elsewhere in the country too, so, we can conclude that the so-called “caste census” has come a cropper.
Published in the February 2014 issue of the Forward Press magazine
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