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What about Dalit priest at Ayodhya Ram Mandir? Even Communist intellectuals won’t demand it

It is being said that the Ram Mandir will be more significant than the Vatican of Rome and the Mecca of Saudi Arabia. But will it change the status of Dalits and Shudras?
Tribal women in Jharkhand capital Ranchi get ready to mark the Ram temple bhoomi pujan Wednesday | ANI

Dalits have a special place in the new Hindutva matrix. Ram Mandir is proof of that

Besides Kameshwar Chaupal, a Dalit member of the temple's trust, SC and OBC leaders such as Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar were at the helm of Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
Kolkata

Not a single Dalit in 60% of Kolkata’s neighbourhoods. How caste divides Indian cities

Indian urban localities are as segregated as our villages. Caste is still an important factor in deciding the organisation of spatial environment in cities.
TikTok

TikTokers dubbed ‘Shudras of internet’: Indians didn’t spare even social media from casteism

The irony is that social media, which was supposed to be a democratic space for every section of society, has been categorised into caste hierarchies.
Nagaur

‘Police tried to hush up Nagaur Dalit torture’ — Pilot’s fact-finding report finds lapses

Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has submitted the confidential report of the fact-finding committee on the Nagaur Dalit torture case to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

How Nitish Kumar got Bihar BJP to oppose NRC and back UPA-era NPR format

On Tuesday, the Bihar assembly passed a resolution to become the first NDA state against the proposed NRC, and in favour of the 2010 NPR.
RSS members in a gathering

How Tamil Nadu’s Hindutva forces are using the Dravidian movement to get Dalits on their side

'Hindutva and Dalits', edited by Anand Teltumbde, talks about how the Sangh Parivar is politically and ideologically manipulating the Dalit movement in India.
Dalit women

UP Dalits’ attitude to bloc voting different from Tamil Nadu. Research tells us why

Amit Ahuja in 'Mobilizing the Marginalized' throws light on why Dalits' bloc voting in states that have seen social movements is distinct from that in non-movement states.

SC on reservations: Does politics hamper objective review of India’s quota for Dalits, OBCs?

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi government saying that it is “in the DNA” of the BJP and RSS to end the reservation policy.
Dalits and Muslims protest

Dalit-Muslim unity is an opposition charade. CAA and Ram Mandir trust blow the lie

Established Dalit leadership is not opposing the CAA, and misadventures of Chandrashekhar Azad will have little implications on the sentiments of Dalits.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.