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How Instagram reels is a mirror to modern casteism in India

Instagram Reels feels like you've entered an expensive restaurant where you can be mocked for your clothes, accent, and pronunciation.

Violence, ‘caste slurs, changed vibe’ — fallout in Delhi neighbourhood after Muslim-Dalit wedding

A mob of around 10-20 men went on a rampage in Delhi's Harijan Basti after they came to know about the couple’s marriage. Police have arrested seven persons for the violence so far.

Amitabh Bachchan was once ‘casteless’ Hindu. Tandav, Ludo now flaunt loud, proud Brahmins

Pankaj Tripathi in Hotstar’s Criminal Justice to Saif Ali Khan in Tandav, Dabangg to Jolly LLB, Bollywood now showcases only Brahmin stories.
Farmers protesting at Singhu border | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Why the farmers’ protest is led by Sikhs of Punjab

The Khalistan movement in the 1980s may have limited support for Punjab’s Sikhs in the battle with the Indira Gandhi govt. But in Modi govt's farm laws, they have a worthy cause.
Representational image | Photo: Pixabay

Chances of an inter-caste marriage go up if groom’s mother is educated: Study

The rate of inter-caste marriages in India, as recently as 2011, was merely 5.82% and there has been no upward trend over the past four decades.
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To understand UP’s U-turn from Bahujans to Brahmins, last 3 elections are key

The ongoing clamour in Uttar Pradesh to become the voice of the Brahmins shows the diminishing returns of focusing solely on Bahujan politics.
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.
File image of Jyotirao Phule | Wiki

Black lives mattered to Phule and Ambedkar. They had seen caste discrimination in India

The credit of drawing parallels between racial and caste discrimination goes to Jotirao Phule who compared conditions of Blacks in the US and Dalits in India.
File photo of Devdutt Pattanaik | Wikimedia Commons

Mid-life crisis is real and Devdutt Pattanaik’s Twitter timeline proves it

Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik is the reason why you should never scroll through your hero’s Twitter page.
Tamil Nadu forest minister Dindigul Sreenivasan | Wiki commons

Who is Dindigul Sreenivasan? Tamil Nadu minister who asked tribal boy to remove footwear

ADMK mouthpiece justifies Dindigul Sreenivasan’s act of getting a tribal boy to unbuckle his sandals. He has done this earlier also.

On Camera

An Indian Oil Corp. employee loads LPG cylinders onto his vehicle in Cochin | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

12% slum households in India still without LPG connection. Five ways to improve access

In a rapidly urbanising India, the exclusion of urban poor from energy access will have severe long-term implications on their health and economic development.
An employee arranges frozen chicken products in a freezer at a Big Bazaar hypermarket, operated by Future Retail Ltd. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Future Retail’s resolution plan to restructure bank debt eases some immediate concerns

The debt resolution plan, accepted by lenders, is subject to approval by a committee formed by the RBI and exchanges.

Defence

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi, set up by DRDO | By special arrangement

DRDO reopens makeshift Covid hospital in Delhi, 5 other facilities to come up across India

DRDO says the 500-bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi will cater to Covid patients who require critical care.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.