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"“Aarakshan” – a word that in Hindi means reservation, or quota – is the first major Bollywood film to take on the bitterly opposed move to expand India’s existing affirmative action program. Mr. Jha said he wanted to point out inconsistencies even in the attitudes of people who might think of themselves as having moved beyond the issue of caste. As in the U.S., with racial affirmative action, many Indians couch opposition to 'reservations' in terms of merit--with Indian students echoing white applicants to colleges who complain of being passed over for minority applicants they see as less deserving for having poorer grades.
"Mr. Jha said he hears people say things like, ‘Would you go to a doctor who has come on a reserved quota?’”
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"Social acceptance and the multilayered nature of the caste system inform not only the social but also the economic and occupational aspects of the lives of Dalit women. Their occupational pattern is impacted by resource rights such as land and credit, access to education and modern skills, and restrictions on labour mobility. Several village studies (Thorat, 2005) have pointed to exclusion in the hiring of labour and low wage rates, the discrimination being greater in the case of Dalit women than men."