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Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Chief Minister of Punjab during the swearing-in ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh, on 20 September 2021 | PTI Photo

Punjab’s many Dalit Sikhs – Ramdasia, Ravidasia, Mazhabis, Ranghretas, Rai, Sansi

Charanjit Singh Channi is a Ramdasia, whose elevation as Punjab CM has propelled the issues and political identity of Dalit Sikhs to the centre stage of the state's politics.
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As Charanjit Channi takes oath as Punjab’s 1st Dalit Sikh CM, a look at past Dalit CMs of India

Ahead of 2022 polls, Congress picks Dalit leader Charanjit Singh Channi as the new Punjab CM. ThePrint takes a look at the past Dalit CMs of India.
Farmers attend the Kisan Mahapanchayat, in UP's Karnal on 7 September 2021 | ANI

Facing Jat-Muslim unity in UP, BJP poll strategy targets farmers & caste equations

Farmers protest is providing common ground for Jats and Muslims, leading to a fragile but significant unity that could undermine BJP's efforts to return to power in Uttar Pradesh.
Jama Masjid, New Delhi | Photo by Suraj Singh Bhisht | ThePrint

The debate on caste census has forgotten Pasmanda Muslims again

The political class, it appears, has eventually accepted Hindu-centric imagination of social stratification.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after casting his vote during the assembly polls | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Bihar most aware state on caste census — 56% want information released

We surveyed over 7,000 Indians from 10 states. The result? The fear of the BJP that caste census will upset some social groups is unfounded.
Delhi University Arts Faculty | Representational image: Commons

‘Gruesome sexual content, Army in poor light’ — why DU removed 3 English texts from syllabus

DU Oversight Committee has removed texts by Mahasweta Devi, and Dalit writers Bama Faustina Soosairaj and Sukirtharani from its English literature syllabus.
Representational image. | A file photo of a family trying to cross from Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon to Maharashtra in April 2020.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

55% people feared police would beat them during lockdown but trust has grown now, says survey

The CSDS report on policing in India during lockdown also says the poor, Dalits, tribals and Muslims 'faced greater disadvantages generally due to the lockdown'.
A local seeking to convince Mahadalits in Amarpur tola to take Covid-19 vaccination. | Photo: Jyoti Yadav/ThePrint

‘Pay us if you want us to take vaccine’: Bihar Mahadalits say follow election campaign ‘model’

Across Mahadalit tolas in Bihar, villagers were seen to be more curious about monetary benefits with vaccine. Administrations say working to deal with hesitancy.

How a ‘baraat’ triggered trouble, tension between Dalits & Muslims in this Aligarh village

On 26 May, Muslim residents of Noorpur allegedly stopped a Dalit wedding procession passing by the village mosque. A physical altercation followed.

Swaminarayan Temple raid shows US has to reckon with caste discrimination imported from India

According to a 2018 survey, two-thirds of Dalits in America ‘reported being treated unfairly at their workplace because of their caste'.

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If anything is Angela Merkel’s legacy, it is her custodianship of the liberal world order

Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.

Bitcoin, Ether tumble as China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

London: Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens tumbled as China intensified its push to rein in crypto speculation and mining. Bitcoin fell 7.8% to $41,220 as of 7:41 a.m. in New York. The losses were more severe in other coins, with Ether, EOS, Litecoin and Dash all falling more than 7%. Crypto-related stocks also came under pressure, with Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. tumbling 6% in U.S. pre-market trading. China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal, according to a Q&A statement on PBOC’s website. It’s an urgent task for China to root out crypto mining and the crackdown is important to meet carbon goals, according to the guidelines on the website of the nation’s economic planning agency. Bitcoin looks headed toward the $40,000 level or lower, Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at ThinkMarkets, warned. China’s strict approach is part of the reason why Bitcoin prices collapsed in May and have struggled to regain previous all-time highs above $60,000. “The risks are skewed to...


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.