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Yogi Adityanath | Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Missing this election in UP was Hindu-Muslim polarisation

There’s a reason why UP’s Muslims are happy to not be part of the political discourse.
BR Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi

How Gandhi made Ambedkar a villain in his fight to be the real representative of Dalits

When he did not get his way, Gandhi began his fast from prison. This was completely against his own maxims of satyagraha – it was pure blackmail.
Customers browse cloths inside a store in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Can a Dalit wear Armani and Zara? Why most Indians would still say no

Ambedkar wanted to challenge the very idea of how a Dalit should look and, thus, chose to wear suits.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Patan district of Gujarat | PTI

Arun Jaitley is wrong, Modi has used his caste 4 times in last 15 days to attack opposition

PM Modi hit out at SP-BSP and Congress for talking about his caste, but from 2014 to the current election campaign, he has often used it in his speeches.
Indian Army marching at Rajpath

Brave Ahirs & honourable Chamars: Army ‘regiments’ with more than just caste on their side

From Ahirs' valour in 1962 war to Chamar regiment’s honour in WW2, caste-based regiments’ celebration provide ground for their inclusion in Army.
A wedding procession in India. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Dalits vs Hindutva: The story of a ‘baraat’ in UP reveals what’s making BJP sweat

In his book ‘Hindu Rashtra’, writer Ashutosh explains how education and constitutional knowledge is resulting in greater Dalit assertion.
Holi being played in Mathura (representational image) |PTI

Holi harmony is not for everyone. Archives show how some castes were kept out

Men have been killed, women assaulted, and villages razed during Holi festivities.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal offers prayers to a cow at Banwana Goashala in New Delhi | PTI

AAP wanted to be party with a difference, but it’s talking about cows, caste like any other

A quick glance at some of the election issues the Aam Aadmi Party has chosen for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is revealing.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

In Mayawati-Akhilesh alliance, Ambedkar and Lohia can realise their unfinished agenda

As Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav addressed media queries in Lucknow, the poster behind them spoke louder than their words.

The dangling carrot of reservation and Rahul’s Modi ‘man’ia

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.

On Camera

PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India matlab Narendra Modi: How the PM learnt branding from Coca-Cola

Modi has followed the marketing strategy of fast-moving consumer goods and sold himself as the biggest brand of ‘vikaspanthi’ politics.
aap

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.