Caste Census

Critical exercise

Print edition : May 15, 2015

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah taking queries from enumerators of Karnataka's Social and Educational Survey in Bangalore on April 16. Photo: The Hindu

An enumerator at a residence at Siddapura in Bangalore on April 11, the first day of the State-wide caste census. Photo: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH

H. Kantaraju (second from right), Chairman of the Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes, at a meeting in Gulbarga on March 7 to review the preparations made in the district for the survey in April. Photo: ARUN KULKARNI

The comprehensive survey under way in Karnataka, ostensibly to collect social and educational data, is also a political exercise as it seeks to enumerate caste and thus provide crucial data that can help political realignments of caste groups.
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