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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Modi govt’s inclusive growth plan for India has turned social justice on its head

The current phase of the quota system is geared to benefit those who are not the victims of caste discrimination, but its perpetrators.
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50% cap breached with Maratha reservation: Will this reignite quota politics across India?

The Bombay High Court Thursday upheld Devendra Fadnavis government’s decision to grant quota to the Maratha community in Maharashtra.
Activists stage a protest condemning the death of Payal Tadvi, in Thane | PTI

Payal Tadvi case isn’t the only one. Many upper caste women harass others, overlooking gender

It’s time for Indian feminists, especially upper caste ones, to accept that all women suffer under patriarchy, but some more than others.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Supreme Court just destroyed the ‘merit’ argument upper castes use to oppose reservations

Before this judgment, there was confusion among policymakers on the scope of reservation in promotion policies.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

SC holds off on referring plea on 10% quota for poorer general category to Constitution bench

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea on 28 March to decide whether the matter should be referred to a Constitution bench.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the two-day BJP National Convention | PTI

Despite post-Balakot confidence, why Modi govt rushed to avert university quota crisis

The small social elite group among Dalits is what Modi and BJP have smartly identified as one requiring urgent attention and quick reaction.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

How three key Supreme Court judgments shook the faith of SCs, STs and OBCs in one year

Two of the most important Dalit issues have been impacted by these judgments: protection from atrocities and adequate representation.
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Quota seats for SC, ST students in higher education remain vacant, OBCs fare better

As the Centre introduces a 10% quota for 'poor' upper castes, data shows that little has been done to improve education enrolment for SCs and STs
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DMK challenges govt’s 10% quota in Madras HC, says it ‘offends structure of Constitution’

The DMK, in its plea, said the reservation does not apply to those communities which were ostracised for centuries in matters of education and employment.
A file photo of Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani

RSS-BJP’s main agenda is to remove reservation for SC/ ST, says Jignesh Mevani

Gujarat independent MLA and Dalit leader Mevani said it has been RSS-BJP's long-pending agenda to end reservation based on caste system. 

On Camera

No reason to believe Biden won’t be as friendly to Modi and India as Trump is

All administrations will see the world through the prism of US national security interests and India’s importance – with or without Modi – will weigh heavily.
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Why Kerala is planning to allow its famed plantations to grow exotic fruits

Lockdown, falling rubber prices & a reeling plantation sector have all forced the LDF govt to have a relook at land laws, considered sacrosanct in the state. 

Defence

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PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.