Caste Census: Data for Development or a Political Ploy?


Bihar's caste survey results have provided a new poll plank to the Opposition. As India plans to start the decadal Census, the political parties are once again raising the demand for an all India caste census to enumerate the numerically strong Other Backward Classes. But in an era where data is the new oil, it is no surprise that the holy grail of the electoral system is uniting political parties in their demand for dividing voters into sub-categories. But will this data be used for development or will it rile up another round of reservation riots? From ET's Political Bureau, Nidhi Sharma debuts as host on TMB as she gets the political point of view from Manoj Jha of Rajya Sabha, Sushil Kumar Modi, Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and Rajya Sabha member of BJP, M Veerappa Moily, Congress MP and Former Union Minister of Petroleum, Law, Power, Corporate Affairs, while R Subrahmanyam, Former Secretary to Government of India re-emphasizes why this demand needs to die down and not divide the democracy.

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