The demand of the Patel clan, led by Hardik Patel, is the latest challenge in the debate on caste-driven quotas in India. Photo: Reuters

Patel clan's fight to be 'backward' shows up India's outdated caste-based job and education quotas

Priya Virmani says a dominant caste's demand for inclusion in the country's caste-based affirmative action system makes a mockery of it

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The demand of the Patel clan, led by Hardik Patel, is the latest challenge in the debate on caste-driven quotas in India. Photo: Reuters
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Priya Virmani

Priya Virmani

Priya Virmani is a political and economic analyst. She contributes to print, radio and television. As a TED speaker and an international speaker, she gives talks on disruptive economics, politics, psychology, and social and female entrepreneurship, the world over. She is also the founder and director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian project that works to rehabilitate underprivileged children who have suffered trauma and abuse.