Reason Writers Around Town: Shikha Dalmia on India's Quotacracy


"For nearly half a century, group or racial preferences have been America's prescribed remedy for racism and other -isms standing in the way of social equality," writes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in The Wall Street Journal. "But anyone wishing to study the unintended side-effects of this medicine on the body politic need only look at India. There reactionary groups are trying to co-opt a women's quota bill, not to create an egalitarian utopia, but its opposite…"

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  1. You have to admit those folks are making a lot of sense.


  2. There reactionary groups are trying to co-opt a women’s quota bill, not to create an egalitarian utopia, but its oppos

    Ooh! Ooh! I know this one!

    Me today, you tomorrow.

  3. “To continue reading, subscribe now.” (It’s behind a pay wall.)

    1. I was able to find the whole article from Google news, just change the “mod” part to “wsj_india_main” instead of “wsj_share_facebook”

      1. Didn’t work for me.

        1. Maybe try the same way I did, find via Google News and click through. Could be some sort of arrangement between Google and WSJ.

  4. If you want to see the fruit of Affirmative Action, just take a look at Zimbabwe:

    Decline (1999?present)

    Land issues, which the liberation movement had promised to solve, re-emerged as the main issue for the ruling party beginning in 1999. Despite majority rule and the existence of a “willing-buyer-willing-seller” land reform programme since the 1980s, ZANU (PF) claimed that whites made up less than 1% of the population but held 70% of the country’s commercially viable arable land (though these figures are disputed by many outside the Government of Zimbabwe). Mugabe began to redistribute land to blacks in 2000 with a compulsory land redistribution.

    The legality and constitutionality of the process has regularly been challenged in the Zimbabwean High and Supreme Courts; however, the policing agencies have rarely acted in accordance with court rulings on these matters. The confiscation of the farmland was affected by continuous droughts and lack of inputs and finance led to a sharp decline in agricultural exports, traditionally the country’s leading export producing sector. Mining and tourism have surpassed agriculture. As a result, Zimbabwe is experiencing a severe hard-currency shortage, which has led to hyperinflation and chronic shortages in imported fuel and consumer goods. In 2002, Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations on charges of human rights abuses during the land redistribution and of election tampering…..present.29

  5. And I thought they have embrace more open business climate when they technically remove License Raj.

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