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File photo of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Hindutva icon, tallest non-Yadav OBC leader — How Kalyan Singh helped BJP breach UP 

The veteran BJP leader, who was the party’s first CM in Uttar Pradesh, died in Lucknow Saturday after prolonged illness. He was 89. 

From Mandal to Modi, OBC sub-categorisation is caught up in bad politics

Anyone interested in social policy should demand that the Justice Rohini Commission findings be released as soon as the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
Officials collect Census data | Photo: censusindia.gov.in

Fear of quota claims, ‘need to save secular state’ — why caste never made it to the census

The last time comprehensive data on caste was collected was in the 1931 Census, and there is now a growing clamour to include caste as a category in the 2021 Census.
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Tamil Brahmins were the earliest to frame merit as a caste claim, and it showed in IITs

Studies on the Indian diaspora in the US can lead one to conclude that caste largely vanishes beyond boundaries of India. The story of IIT students suggests otherwise.
The Periyar statue that was vandalised in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu

In the new statue politics, the media has boxed Periyar into OBC politics

The media portrays the politics of Periyar and B. R. Ambedkar as one of their communities and not human liberation, denying it any universal potential.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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