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Ministers to Hockey India, all are quiet on casteist attack on Dalit player Vandana Katariya

What do India's sports bodies have in common? Silence on discrimination.
Students wait outside an exam centre as they arrive to appear for the NEET exam, in Lucknow, on 13 September 2020 | ANI File Photo

Reactions to OBC medical quota are exposing Indians’ flawed merit argument all over again

I didn’t see any protest or anger by Savarnas against EWS quota. No one wrote: 'I will not get treated by a doctor who did their degree under EWS reservation.'
Representational image | File photo of a child with his mother at a doctor's clinic | Arjun Claire/Flickr|

Caste discrimination – an overlooked factor in Indian kids’ stunted growth

Researchers from Ashoka and Heidelberg universities found that the illegal, but widespread, practice of untouchability is positively associated with height gaps between 'upper caste' and Dalit children.

Why Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle doesn’t really benefit SCs, STs and OBCs

As long as there are foreign-educated, dominant-caste ministers who find a Cabinet position via Rajya Sabha, SCs, STs and OBCs will continue to lose out.

Ashok Vijaydashmi to Dhola — National archives, central libraries failed Dalit-Bahujan history

Oral histories of the Dalit-Bahujan community take us beyond the existing notions about India’s excluded communities and the Brahminical and Eurocentric biases inherent in them.
Students participate in the Sports for Social Development initiative in Kamjong, Manipur | Recognize Rise and Empower Association | Facebook

How football is bringing clashing tribes together in this Manipur district

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.

Kanshi Ram’s Bahujan movement was also cultural, not just political

BSP's diminishing political power doesn't mean all is lost for the Bahujan movement. Kanshi Ram Jayanti is a reminder the anti-caste revolution is alive among the masses.
Representational image | Credit: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Education levels of SC, ST, OBC rising. A new study looks at caste gap in jobs, income too

Data from NSSO 2004-05 and Periodic Labour Force Survey 2017-18 show that the education level of those belonging to OBC is now similar to General Category young men in urban India.

Segregation in rural Karnataka greater than local Black-White division in US south: Study

Researchers mapped residents from over 26,000 villages to find that nearly 70 years on, little has changed in caste-religion-based spatial organisation in rural Karnataka.
Representational image of Navratri celebrations | PTI Photo

Bal Thackeray’s father and Ambedkar used Navratri festivities to counter Brahmin Ganesh utsav

Keshav Sitaram Thackeray ‘Prabodhankar’ had joined BR Ambedkar in a movement to allow ‘untouchable’ to worship alongside Brahmins during Ganesh utsav in Mumbai.

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Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Chief Minister of Punjab during the swearing-in ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh, on 20 September 2021 | PTI Photo

Punjab’s many Dalit Sikhs – Ramdasia, Ravidasia, Mazhabis, Ranghretas, Rai, Sansi

Charanjit Singh Channi is a Ramdasia, whose elevation as Punjab CM has propelled the issues and political identity of Dalit Sikhs to the centre stage of the state's politics.

HDFC to double retail loans as consumer demand picks, Covid uncertainty declines

HDFC's retail loans grew around 9.3 per cent slower than its overall book's 14.4% in the June quarter, much lower than SBI (16.5%) & ICICI (20%) growth in that portfolio.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin in New Delhi, on 20 March 2021 (file photo) | Twitter/@rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh speaks to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin ahead of PM Modi’s visit to US

During the telephone call, Defence Minister Singh and his American counterpart spoke on issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation, including situation in Afghanistan.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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