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The Rod-Marathas, numbering around 7 lakh, are spread from Karnal to Rohtak and Bhiwani Representational image)

A rarely told story of a Maratha vote-bank in deep, distant Haryana

Rod-Marathas are descendants of Maratha soldiers who fought the Third Battle of Panipat & Congress, BJP, BSP in Haryana woo them as a special votebank.
Illustration by Manas Gurung

Can Maharashtra backward panel report pacify angry Maratha or is it start of a long battle?

Devendra Fadnavis has indicated that his government will implement the long-pending demand for a quota by the Marathas.
Protestors from the Maratha community take part in a rally demanding reservation, in Karad, Maharashtra | PTI

Anti-Fadnavis sentiment turns peaceful Maratha quota protesters violent

Protesters torched vehicles, vandalised buses, blocked highways, in parts of Maharashtra a day after youth killed self by jumping into Godavari.
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Dalit activists among five arrested for ‘inciting’ Bhima Koregaon violence

Police in Pune have accused the activists of having Maoist links. They had earlier booked a duo with Hindutva affiliations. Pune: The Pune Police today arrested five people allegedly having close Maoist links, including prominent Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence on January 1. According to sources in the Pune Police, Dhawale was arrested from his house in Mumbai, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activist Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen were picked up from Nagpur and Rona Wilson was arrested from his flat in Munirka in Delhi in simultaneous raids this morning. Dhawale was one of the organisers of Elgar Parishad, organised to commemorate 200 years of the Koregaon Bhima battle on December 31 at Shaniwarwada. There Kabir Kala Manch activists had allegedly made provocative speeches leading to violence at Koregaon Bhima in the district, according to an FIR registered at Vishrambaug police station after...

Bhima-Koregaon has made the RSS’s social engineering boomerang

A combined resentment was waiting to explode, and the flashpoint was the anniversary celebration, which brought out all caste contradictions.

Painting the Bhima-Koregaon incident as a pan-India Dalit assertion is a mistake

Dalit assertion is not making the upper castes anxious since it comes in the light of deepening of our democracy, which has been a gradual process.

Economic and digital revolution have strengthened Dalits. This shook the upper caste world

Whether it is Rohith Vemula, Una, or Saharanpur, upper caste mainstream media has beem taken aback by the pro-active resistance by dalits

The Brahmin Peshwas are trying to settle a 200-year-old score with the Mahars

Today’s conflict has little or nothing to do with the British, it’s between the Brahmin Peshwas and Mahars. At present, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is a Brahmin.

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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.

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.


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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.