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Former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati's statues among others at Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida | PTI

Dear media, stop Chandrashekhar Azad vs Mayawati tales. Dalits can have more than one leader

BSP has never been a party of mass protests. So why should Mayawati support Ravidas agitations?
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow | PTI

Kanshi Ram ran BSP military-style. The problem is Mayawati runs it like a bureaucracy

With her leadership style, Mayawati has alienated party members as well as her own support base.
Kanshiram (centre) along with the other founding members of BAMCEF in the 1970s | Facebook

Kanshi Ram matters in 2019 polls and why some think he deserves a Bharat Ratna

Kanshi Ram promised the lower castes that if they can organise themselves into a grand voting bloc, they will become the ruler of this country.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

With ‘just two slaps’ at the CM’s home a huge blow dealt to politician-civil servant ties

Fights between politicians and civil servants aren’t new. Physical violence in a CM’s residence is a new low.
Shekhar Gupta reporting from the Allahabad by-election

Witnessing the rise of Kanshi Ram, the man who first created Dalit politics

In this week’s National Interest, I had said Jignesh Mevani could draw from Kanshi Ram’s playbook. Since there is much curiosity, the story of my first exposure to him and his political style

On Camera

Budget 2020 is now useless. Modi govt must present a new one

Covid has ensured Modi govt won’t meet 20% growth in tax collection target. That would be a terrible assumption to make in a pandemic-hit economy.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.