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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.
Members of Dalit community display a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar during 'Bharat Bandh' in New Delhi | PTI

Dalit man allegedly killed for objecting to remove Ambedkar poster outside home in Rajasthan

The accused Anil Sihag and Rakesh Sihag were arrested along with their friends Saksham and Haidar Ali. Two others, involved in the attack, were absconding, police said.

Meet M. Nagloo, India’s first Dalit hotelier who was famous among British, US travellers

M. Nagloo rose from obscurity to become a prominent figure in late 19th century. His biography, written by his son, is perhaps the first Dalit biography written in English.
The battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata | Commons

Dalit Veda Vyasa was India’s first nation builder. He was the child of an inter-caste union

In ‘Makers of Modern Dalit History’, Sudarshan Ramabadran and Guru Prakash Paswan write Veda Vyasa’s achievements show how Dalit communities have helped Hinduism revolutionise and reform.
Representational image of BJP flags | ANI

Who are Devendrakula Vellalars and why BJP is wooing them in Tamil Nadu

Hindu Pallars, who have a presence in 28 of Tamil Nadu’s 33 districts and are 17% of the population, want to be classified as Devendrakula Vellalars, a demand the Modi govt has met. 
Protests by college students and various organisations in Pollachi

2 men arrested for allegedly raping 16-year-old Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba

The incident took place Friday night when the minor was standing outside her house. The girl has been sent for a medical examination.
File photo of Yuvraj Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal | Commons

Police files FIR against Yuvraj Singh over alleged casteist remarks against Yuzvendra Chahal

Lawyer Rajat Kalsan alleged that Singh's comment had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community, stating that a large number of people had watched the video on social media.

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.
Komal, whose husband Neeraj Verma was murdered on 31 December | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

‘You will cry forever’ — How a brother killed sister’s husband in Haryana ‘honour killing’

Police have arrested brothers of Komal, a Dalit, for the murder of her husband Neeraj Verma, who belonged to a backward caste.

Teflon Modi does not have one Achilles heel, but two

In the past six years, Modi has taken a series of controversial decisions not caring for tremendous opposition. But two opponents made him blink.

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Biles’ Olympics withdrawal is an act of courage. Only Gen-Z will understand why

It's not easy to live in the shoes of a 24-year-old, who has been put under a microscope, judged and labelled from the get-go. But critics won't understand.
Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

Defence

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12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.