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30 years since Mandal Commission recommendations  — how it began and its impact today

Recommendation for OBC quota in central govt institutions was implemented in 1992 while education quota came into force in 2006.
Parliament House

Don’t include salary while assessing annual income for OBC quota — Parliament panel in report

Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of OBCs has also recommended increasing income ceiling for deciding OBC creamy layer from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.
File image of a BJP supporter at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Wary of blowback during Bihar polls, Modi govt puts OBC creamy layer tweak on backburner

Any bid to tamper with the quota system, even perceived, is likely to cost the BJP heavily in the Bihar elections, as it did in 2015, when RSS called for a ‘review of reservation’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Delhi's Karkardooma. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

How BJP is undoing three decades of Mandal gains and still getting OBC support

The Modi govt wants to include salary earnings to calculate household income to determine the 'creamy layer' among OBCs. If implemented, it will exclude even the lower middle class.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

OBC quota is for social backwardness, not economic, don’t change that — panel tells govt

In a letter to govt, the commission has taken strong exception to its new plan to include salary as a component to determine income ceiling for creamy layer of OBCs.
Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

To tweak OBC creamy layer or not. A Modi govt decision that can cost BJP the Bihar election

BJP leaders are a worried lot even as the bureaucracy is pushing the Modi government to go ahead with the Sharma committee’s report. Remember 2015?
The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

There are glaring flaws in SC judgment excluding SC/ST creamy layer from reservations

By applying the same equality principle to both OBCs and ST/SCs, the Supreme Court has been unfair to some of the most marginalised groups in India.
Supreme Court of India

Creamy layer cannot be applied to deny benefits of quota in promotions: Centre to SC

Attorney General KK Venugopal says even affluent SC/STs shouldn’t be denied reservations as stigma of caste still looms over them.

On Camera

A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?