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SC stayed Maratha reservation but Maharashtra govt can still find a way. Here’s how

More than a century after Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj introduced caste-based quota in Kolhapur, the Maratha community in Maharashtra is fighting a legal battle to save reservation.
Migrant workers on their way home during the lockdown | Representational image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

How coronavirus has brought caste discrimination back for India’s migrant workers

The govt has boosted spending to revive the economy and launched job schemes for those returning to villages. But the benefits aren’t always percolating down to the lowest castes.

What about Dalit priest at Ayodhya Ram Mandir? Even Communist intellectuals won’t demand it

It is being said that the Ram Mandir will be more significant than the Vatican of Rome and the Mecca of Saudi Arabia. But will it change the status of Dalits and Shudras?
Cisco Systems Inc., headquartered in San Jose, has been sued by the state of California for caste-based discrimination against an Indian-American employee | Photo via Twitter

Cisco case shows big corporates, market forces can’t fix caste bias. Govts must intervene

Caste inequality hurts organisations. Even the lack of innovation in India has been attributed to the caste system. So how has this continued?
The hut in which Dinesh Pawar lives with his family in Jamde village, Maharashtra | By special arrangement

TikTok made rural India into DIY Eklavyas

Chinese apps like TikTok adored every rejected ‘unequal’ Indian. The mainstream elite and privileged people can cry anti-national all they want.
Cisco Systems Inc., headquartered in San Jose, has been sued by the state of California for caste-based discrimination against an Indian-American employee | Photo via Twitter

California state sues Cisco for caste-based discrimination against Indian-American employee

The complainant reported a manager for 'outing him as a Dalit to colleagues' in 2016, but Cisco had then determined caste discrimination was not illegal in US.
Members of Dalit community display a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar during 'Bharat Bandh' in New Delhi | PTI

Black Lives Matter must fire up India’s anti-caste movement to fight its central villain

India is yet to see a movement against caste on the scale of Black Lives Matter, even though both racial and caste discrimination share the notion of inferior and superior.

Annihilation of caste in Indian corporate possible. But firms must say Dalit lives matter

Many multinational companies have come forward to support Black Lives Matter movement. Few things Indian corporate should do if they believe in equal opportunities.
The murder of George Floyd by the police has led to angry protests in the US (representational image) | Photo: Fibonacci Blue | Wikimedia Commons

Why Jyotiba Phule would have cheered White Americans out on street over George Floyd murder

Upper caste woke Indians are perturbed by the murder of George Floyd in the US. But can we imagine them joining Dalits in the fight to end caste supremacy in India?
AIIMS building in New Delhi

AIIMS resident doctor attempts suicide over ‘caste and gender discrimination’

In letter to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Resident Doctors' Association says AIIMS took no action on complaints of discrimination despite repeated requests.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.