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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.
File image of Jyotirao Phule | Wiki

Indian cinema’s C-problem: When an upper caste gets to play Jyotiba Phule

Marathi cinema had phenomenal success with Sairat, and yet the industry could find only Brahmin actors to play Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule.
Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, his son and party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati during their joint election campaign rally in Mainpuri

Making Mayawati India’s prime minister in 2019 will fix its casteist past and present

Whites in the US showed their humane side by twice electing Barack Obama, a black minority. Can India’s upper castes ever support a Dalit PM?
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India’s Muslim community under a churn: 85% backward Pasmandas up against 15% Ashrafs

Pasmandas’ slogan of 85% vs 15% against Syedwad is making backward Muslims talk about rights instead of virtue, dawa instead of dua.
BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

In Uttar Pradesh, Dalits and Yadavs pretend they never hated each other

The Yogi Adityanath government’s alienation of Jatavs and Yadavs have made them forget their past animosity.
The Supreme Court of India denies woman the permission to terminate her baby| Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

SC collegium’s two new judge picks set to give India its second Dalit chief justice

If the Modi govt clears Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai's elevation, he will be on track to become India's second Dalit CJI after K.G. Balakrishnan.
File image of Jyotirao Phule | Wiki

Jyotirao Phule, the radical-reformist who fought caste & gender discrimination

On his 192nd birth anniversary, ThePrint remembers Jyotirao Phule and how he fought for the rights of Dalits and emancipation of women.
Mayawati

BSP’s Dalit empowerment agenda has failed to find takers in community bastion Punjab

It's the BSP's depleting vote share in Punjab that has forced it to enter this election season as part of a 'fourth front' mainly comprising AAP rebels.
Representational image | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Why upper caste poor don’t want age relaxation in job quota

Relaxation in age and attempts has proved to be a clever way to keep Dalits-OBCs out of top positions of power.

Lagaan to Dhadak: Bollywood has a Dalit problem and it refuses to fix it

Hollywood has begun to address the issue of diversity but Hindi films continue to fare poorly on representation of caste.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
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.