ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Neo-Buddhists in India and Ceylon

Urmila Phadnis Because of their numerical strength and political articulateness, neo-Buddhists in India have been able to regain the concessions in education which are available to scheduled castes and which had been denied to them so long. Though they are still not eligible, without acknowledging their caste, to benefit from the reservations of quotas for scheduled castes in Government services and from the reservations of constituencies, unlike the scheduled castes they have not fared badly in open competition for Government jobs or in elections from general constituencies. Rapid politicalisation of the group, its relatively high literacy rate as well as its numerical strength in the one State where most of them live, Maharashtra, are among the factors which have made this possible.

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