Rajesh Ramachandran graduated in Economics from Delhi University and obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Since June 2013 he is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Economics, Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Rajesh Ramachandran is currently working on the project AFRASO (Africa's Asian Options) supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). His main area of research is at the intersection of development economics and its political economy. His principal interests include language policy, economics of discrimination, economics of education and institutional economics.
How backward are ‘Other Backward Classes’ in India?
04 Dec 2013
Since reservations were provided in government bodies for lower castes in the early 90s, ‘Other Backward Classes’ have been an important force in Indian politics at all levels. Has there been a corresponding change in traditional economic hierarchies? This column finds significant gaps in the standard of living between OBCs and higher castes. However, there is evidence of catch-up among younger people.
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