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May 11, 2009

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Welcome aboard again, D. But, hey, why all the piss 'n' vinegar aimed at Eagleton? I "rather like" him and his work, and as I mentioned recently to Ruchira via email, I made a point to meet him when he was at Wadham College, Oxford. (Made a fool of myself, but that'll be for another time.) Fish's engaging take on Eagleton's latest book, which I'm eager to read, was the prompt to email Ruchira about a possible post.

Your post also recalls Joe's on Justice Souter, to which I made a comment or two regarding Souter's obsequious clerks. Now see this. What a curious tribe.

D, I'm very happy to be reading you here. The Indian system for Affirmative Action by any other name you describe sounds much more upfront than our own. I am wondering, how effective is it in creating social and economic justice in India? Do any changes for the better you happen to have noted owe to this policy?

Dean,
Ah you know him! I suppose I just find his religious views a bit weird, and felt like a dig. I didn't know Fish had written on Eagleton's book, though I saw a review on Salon (or maybe it was Slate...always mix them up). Look forward to your post :)

Elatia,
-> I think the 'upfront'ness is more generic...in my school for example we often got our exam marks read out before the class, and for the central exams results were posted on whiteboards. This style of thought, good or bad, just carries over to the reservation/affirmative action discussion.
-> I think the specific policy I describe is more of academic interest in India - despite lowered standards, quota seats at elite institutions typically remain underfilled. In the US meanwhile, the fraction of minority candidates who'd qualify in the absence of AA is not negligible; U California post prop. 209 gives a sense of this.
-> I didn't give numbers in my post, because I've made no study of the subject, and don't have them. Not one to let mere lack of knowledge stop me from spouting off :)

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