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North Block and South Block on Raisina Hill | Manisha Mandal/ThePrint

OBC quota is for social backwardness, not economic, don’t change that — panel tells govt

In a letter to govt, the commission has taken strong exception to its new plan to include salary as a component to determine income ceiling for creamy layer of OBCs.
File photo of former Prime Minister V.P. Singh | Commons

It’s a puzzle why VP Singh was never accepted by OBCs even after Mandal Commission

V.P. Singh lost his core constituency of the upper caste and failed to muster any support among the constituency for which he rook his biggest political risk
Modi government to start a Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) pilot this year (Representational image) | Commons

We know the number of cows & pigs in India, but not those of OBCs & Brahmins

Modi govt rightly believes data is required for proper planning and formulation of any programme. But this holds true for social policies too.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Why civil services exams in some states have had higher cut-offs for SC/ST & OBC applicants

Is there any constitutional provision that allows the cut-off marks for the reserved categories to go above the general category
Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi govt includes OBC, general category students in its free coaching scheme

Under the 'Jai Bheem Mukhyamantri Yojana', the Delhi govt was providing aid of Rs 40,000 to scheduled caste students. The amount has been increased to Rs 1 lakh.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | File photo: Nand Kumar/ PTI

This is why Yogi govt’s ‘quota within quota’ system will be a win-win move in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh government has already held meetings with leaders of most backward classes and most marginal Dalit communities.
Activists of various groups during Bharat Bandh called over SC/ST reservation issue, in Allahabad

What Congress’ OBC quota in Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh says about its new political shift

The political situation compelling Bhupesh Baghel and Kamal Nath to take similar decisions favouring the OBCs is built on three main factors.
(L-R) Additional Principal Secretary P K Mishra , PM Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra in South Block | ThePrint Photo by Praveen Jain

Of 89 secretaries in Modi govt, there are just 3 STs, 1 Dalit and no OBCs

Minister Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha that higher entry age of SC/ST/OBCs meant they retired before their batches came up for central govt secretary posts.
Gujjars, a dominant OBC, want themselves included in Scheduled Tribes category | pexels.com

As Yogi govt plans to add 17 OBCs to Scheduled Castes list, here’s how it can be done

UP govt told district magistrates, commissioners to issue caste certificates to 17 OBC communities. But union minister has said move not in accordance with Constitution.
Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot

Thawarchand Gehlot — BJP’s low-key, ‘obedient’, top Dalit face who has taken on CM Yogi

BJP’s leader in Rajya Sabha Thawarchand Gehlot has said Adityanath govt decision to include 17 OBC communities in Scheduled Castes list ‘not proper’.

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Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

International experts say the timing is troubling as it comes at ‘a critical phase in India's internal difficulties with the Covid-19 pandemic’.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.