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Women working on a project under MGNREGA | MGNREGA report

India’s rural employment plan has been giving fewer & fewer jobs to the most deprived

The rural job scheme, launched in February 2006, is intended to cater to poorest and weakest sections, but data shows share of SCs/STs in total jobs has seen a sharp fall.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

SC rejects plea challenging govt order against use of term Dalit for scheduled castes

The I&B ministry had advised in a 2018 circular that the media should refrain from using the word Dalit for members belonging to scheduled castes.
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Asked by Modi govt to stop saying ‘Dalit’, TV news channels may take Centre to court

An email exchange within the News Broadcasters Association that has been widely shared on social media has members questioning the 'untenable order'.
Representational image | SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images

The word Dalit is not ‘unconstitutional’. It is empowering

What's unconstitutional is telling the media not to use the word 'Dalit'.
Dalit activists protest against the alleged 'dilution' of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes act | PTI

Hard fact: Despite quotas, Dalits, tribals are nowhere in Delhi’s corridors of power

Even OBC representation in higher bureaucracy is no more than 2.89 per cent; retired officers claim Dalits & tribals continue to face discrimination in career.
Activists force closure of shops at a market during Bharat Bandh, called over SC/ST reservation issue, in Allahabad | PTI

If protests over SC/ST Act continue, the cause of Dalit emancipation will be hurt further

Political protests over Supreme Court ruling is mere posturing and not concern for the marginalised and the poor.
A view of Supreme Court of India | PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

The Supreme Court didn’t dilute the SC/ST law, but just ensured that it applied to genuine cases

The solution to the broken criminal justice system for the victims of discrimination, lies in working towards fixing it, rather than on upending our Constitution.

On Camera

A still from Mrinal Sen's Padatik | mrinalsen.org

Mrinal Sen’s Padatik, about dispirited Communists in 1970s Calcutta, is a tale of our times

Padatik is last in Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, in which Communists are risking their lives for a cause that forever seems out of reach.
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Can Indian politics recover from the toxicity of the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign?

From PM Narendra Modi saying former PM Rajiv Gandhi died as "corrupt number 1", to Mayawati dragging Modi’s wife into her speech, 2019 has seen it all.

Defence

After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?