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“EWS judgment fundamental shift from caste. It reshapes affirmative action as anti-poverty” | Opinion Piece by Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy

November 9, 2022

NLSIU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy’s opinion piece on the recent EWS judgment by the Supreme Court has been published in The Print.


Though India and the US have implemented large and complicated affirmative action programmes over the last seven decades, these programmes seldom acknowledge or reference each other. By a curious coincidence, the Indian and US Supreme Court are currently deciding cases motivated by political and social discontent with race and caste conscious affirmative action. These decisions will certainly reshape, and potentially roll back, affirmative action policy and deserve the closest public attention.

On 7 November, five Judges of the Supreme Court of India delivered a split verdict in the Economically Weaker Sections reservation case (EWS). A three-judge majority agreed with the Union government on the three interconnected issues before the court. The EWS case presents the court an old argument in a new legal form.

Read the full piece here.