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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.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Dalit journalist accuses BBC Hindi of discrimination, says was let go due to caste

Journalist Meena Kotwal says she was 'caricatured' in office to give the impression that she didn't deserve the job. BBC denies charges.
Dalit activists protest against the alleged 'dilution' of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes act | PTI

Abuses Ambedkar Caravan founder faces every day: Clean my toilet, you belong to gutter

Even known public figures go after Dalit activists to get their account suspended, and their followers want us to be ‘nailed and hanged’.
Members of Dalit community display a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar during 'Bharat Bandh' in New Delhi | PTI

‘You don’t look Dalit’ and other things ‘upper castes’ must stop saying to Dalits immediately

Even if you have one Dalit friend or claim to clean your own toilet, here’s a guide to casteist comments that need to end.
Activists protest against the arrests of activists and alleged state repression, in New Delhi | Kamal Kishore/PTI

My mother was wrongly jailed for ‘waging war’ on India. A professor with bad knees, no bed

Our Supreme Court sings paeans to the supremacy of ‘human liberty’. What good is ‘liberty’ if you have drained a human’s life even before a trial has begun?

Mumbai cops suspect ‘suicide note’ of Dr Payal Tadvi was hidden or destroyed by accused

Prosecution says witnesses not coming forward as they 'fear the accused'. Mumbai court grants police 3-day custody of accused doctors.
Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

On Camera

Where’s the sympathy for lonely young people hit by social distancing?

Younger people report higher rates of anxiety and depression when compared with the elderly, and the pandemic hasn’t changed that.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Allow us to restructure loans but no need for blanket recast, banks tell RBI

The Indian Banks’ Association has written to RBI, saying debt recast needs to be completed by September to prevent fresh bad loan creation.

Defence

Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.