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A weekend round up of editorial comments in leading Hindi newspapers on the most topical issues of the day.
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.
Demonetisation was at the heart of destabilising the BJP's carefully constructed caste coalition. The rise of the BJP - since the Ram Mandir movement generally, and in the Modi era particularly - has come on the back of meticulously crafted caste coalitions. These may differ from state to state, but there's one big pattern. They have married their Brahmin-Bania upper caste core base with the lower OBCs who have felt marginalised by dominant OBC communities such as Yadavs, Jats or Marathas. Even with the Modi wave the BJP would not have won 71 seats in Uttar Pradesh if it hadn't brought back Lodh leader Kalyan Singh in the party, and hadn't allied with Kurmi party Apna Dal, which won another two seats for the NDA in the state. Yet the Modi wave also helped the party win votes despite the hurdle of caste. Narendra Modi's 2014 campaign, which projected a prime ministerial...
The Supreme Court allowed the continuation of existing laws on SC/ST reservations in promotions in government jobs till a constitution bench rules on the same. Experts weigh in.
The order had said instead of the current practice of institution-wise hiring of SC/ST teachers, there would now be a department-wise reservation system.