Episode 12: Disha Wadekar

Caravan Baatcheet: How the EWS quota hollows out SC, ST and OBC reservations

24 November 2022

In this episode of The Caravan Baatcheet, Disha Wadekar, an advocate in the Supreme Court of India, discussed the recent apex court ruling that upheld ten percent reservation for the economically weaker section, or EWS, among the general category. Wadekar, who represented one of the petitioners in the cases against EWS, said that the ruling is against the basic structure doctrine of the Constitution, as it removed the basis of social justice from the provisions of reservation. She broke down the three issues that the court addressed, that of equality, the constitutional cap of 50 percent on reservations, and the exclusion of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes from EWS. Wadekar asserted that in essence, the economic basis is a smokescreen and the EWS reservation is a caste-based reservation for the upper or forward castes, privileging the already privileged section of society.

The Caravan Baatcheet is a Hindi talk show featuring engaging discussions on politics, culture and society. Every fortnight, our host Vishnu Sharma will be in conversation with journalists, writers, experts and observers on pivotal issues that matter to you.

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कारवां बातचीत हिंदी टॉक शो है जिसमें राजनीति, संस्कृति और समाज से जुड़े महत्वपूर्ण मुद्दों पर होस्ट विष्णु शर्मा हर पखवाड़े पत्रकारों, लेखकों, विशेषज्ञों और संपादकों के साथ बातचीत करते हैं.

Keywords: reservation Economically Weaker Sections Supreme Court Scheduled Castes Scheduled Tribes OBCs The Caravan Baatcheet