Thursday, 18 August, 2022
TopicSC/ST

Topic: SC/ST

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

Why neo-liberal capitalism failed Dalit enterprise

This new image of Dalit capitalists is a creation of the dominant castes to diffuse the potential risk of Dalit rebellion against capitalism.

Nirmala Sitharaman’s bahi-khata Budget kept one tradition alive: ignoring Dalits

An audit of 2019 Budget by a Dalit rights body reveals glaring cuts in SC/ST funds - many of those in schemes that directly benefit the communities.

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.

India’s Muslim community under a churn: 85% backward Pasmandas up against 15% Ashrafs

Pasmandas’ slogan of 85% vs 15% against Syedwad is making backward Muslims talk about rights instead of virtue, dawa instead of dua.

No, my lord: Indians are unequal and our laws can’t be caste neutral

Supreme Court shouldn’t question special rights to SC/ST at a time when other countries are making laws to protect oppressed groups.

Another data mishap? NCRB’s new prisons report has no caste, religion breakdown of inmates

Representation of some social group in jails has been higher to their share in population but NCRB’s 2016 report takes away that understanding as well.

Modi govt had no plans to give special benefits to upper caste poor in UPSC or SSC exams

EWS candidates hoped benefits such as age relaxation & exemption on number of attempts, applicable to SC, ST and OBC candidates, would be available to them.

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.

Modi govt could use ordinance to push through university-wise quota for faculty hiring

According to new calculations upheld by SC, quota for SCs, STs and OBCs will be determined on basis of department strength, not entire institution's staff strength.

On Camera

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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