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Why ThePrint is wrong about the BJP being an upper-caste party

The article was a desperate attempt to divide society along the lines of caste and to instigate a section of the community against the BJP.
Amit Shah and Narendra Modi

BJP may win more OBC hearts as panel finalises report on refining quotas

The panel, expected to submit its report next week to the President, has sub-categorised 5,000-odd castes.
UGC

UGC tells universities to put controversial quota system for teachers on hold

The move to stop the department-wise distribution of quota comes after a meeting of NDA constituents with the PM.  New Delhi: The ministry of human resource development Wednesday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to put on hold its new quota plan for teachers till the Supreme Court issues its verdict in the matter. The court will take up the case Friday. According to sources in the ministry, the decision to stay the implementation of department-wise reservation was taken after a meeting of NDA constituents attended by the Prime Minister Tuesday. “At the meet, it was mentioned that the department-wise appointment system will reduce the representation of SCs, STs and OBCs, which is why it was decided that the HRD ministry will instruct the UGC to roll back the decision till the time Supreme Court gives its verdict,” a source said. Confirming the development, junior HRD minister Upendra Kushwaha said, “At a meeting of NDA leaders,...
Amit Shah

Eye on 2019, BJP dangles quota carrot to bring disgruntled castes back into the fold

The Raje government's decision to grant 1% reservation to Gurjars is in line with her party's efforts to placate communities ahead of 2019.
Dalit women

With OBC outreach, Rahul targets constituency his party failed to decipher post-Mandal

The move is part of Congress strategy to take a bite of 41% OBC pie; party to form cell in states and hold more such conventions.
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There’s no accurate data on Other Backward Classes. 2021 census should start counting

During the past month, a state-wide rally and a conference have been organised in Maharashtra to mobilise OBCs over the issue of caste census.
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An individual voter is insignificant in our democracy, but a caste vote bank is invaluable

Identity politics can’t be brought to an end through legislation or actions of the election commission, but by endowing the individual with a strong voice.
Modi in Gujarat

Modi, like Richard Branson, is a brand that needs undiluted attention

Gaudy shirts, spiky Mohawks, burst fades represent the style assertion of OBCs in Gujarat.
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Narendra Modi is not part of ‘us’, he isn’t a shudra OBC

'Chaiwala' is about nothing but business, because Narendra Modi comes from the same business background.
President Ram Nath Kovind with Chief Justice Dipak Misra

Need to have more OBC, SC, ST judges: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind raises concern over low number of women judges as well, calls for speedy justice delivery.

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.