Affirmative-Action Lessons From India's Castes

A flexible constitution allows preferences to change over time.

In support of Patels.

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Think affirmative action is controversial in the U.S.? The American debate is nothing compared with the fight over caste-based preferences in India, where police smashed heads in the aftermath of last week's 500,000 strong anti-preference rally in Gujarat.

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