India's Creamy Layer
A controversial new law in India, aimed at giving educational and employment preferences to "other backward classes," may only benefit the "creamy layer" of each caste.
The source: “The Effectiveness of Jobs Reservation: Caste, Religion, and Economic Status in India” by Vani K. Borooah, Amaresh Dubey, and Sriya Iyer, in Development and Change, May 2007.
No nation has embraced affirmative action more fervently or for a longer period of time than India. When the British pulled out in 1947, India’s new constitution “reserved” jobs for untouchables and other disadvantaged groups that had suffered...