India's government refuses to publish 2011 caste census findings, citing data flaws

In India, the complicated and deeply oppressive caste system is both pervasive and central to political calculations. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BANGALORE - Citing data errors, India's government last week refused to publish the findings of a 2011 caste census, and said it will not count caste in its new population census.

Some opposition leaders and social scientists say that up-to-date caste data is crucial, without which the country cannot really analyse the achievements of its social schemes or recalibrate community-based benefits.

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