IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Census of India 2011 and the issues of national security: a dangerous gambit (English version)


  • Saroj Kumar RATH

    () (Ph D, Research Associate, Graduate School of Law, Hosei University, Tokyo; 2-17-1, Fujimi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-8160, JAPAN)


The 2011 census will be the 15th edition of Indian National Census and 7th after independence. After conducting six decennial censuses in the independent India, suddenly Government of India wakes up to add two new hitherto unknown columns in the census of 2011. Decennial census is considered as a progressive toll for generating data to be used by the state and its agencies for developmental purpose. The inclusion of caste in the census and preparation of National Population Registrar (NPR) along with it is fraught with social, political, economic and religious consequences. Caste census was first started in 1972 and dropped in 1931 by the colonial rulers of India. The founding fathers of India wanted an end to the very existence of caste and hence discouraged caste from every sphere of public policy. What is dominated but hidden beneath the demands of caste census is the consideration of caste quotas. The inclusion of NPR along with the census for the purpose of preparing the Unique Identification Number is another sensitive issue which needs threadbare interpretation.

Suggested Citation

  • Saroj Kumar RATH, 2011. "Census of India 2011 and the issues of national security: a dangerous gambit (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 33, pages 91-113, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:33:y:2011:i::p:91-113

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


    census; caste; national security; job reservations; backward caste politics;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:33:y:2011:i::p:91-113. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Morariu Irina). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.