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Education determines income levels, not caste: Will Netas accept the reality beyond vote-banks?

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12.02.2019

Thanks to prime minister Narendra Modi’s decision to implement a 10% quota for the upper-castes, subject to their incomes being Rs 8 lakh a year, as well as his plan to sub-categorise the OBC quota into that for various caste groups—this will prevent OBC quotas from being cornered by a few powerful castes—caste tensions have got a fresh fillip on the eve of the elections. The truth that most politicians are choosing to ignore, however, is that caste is no longer the determining factor of family well-being that it once was; indeed, the impact of caste is probably weakening as economic growth—and the opportunity associated with it—is rising.

Data from the People’s Research on India’s Consumer Economy (PRICE)’s latest all-India survey in 2015-16 confirms this trend that was first visible in the household income survey done by NCAER in 2004-05. NCAER’s survey that tracked households by their caste as well as other characteristics found that family incomes were determined more by their........

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