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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.
university

SC okays dept-wise faculty quota: Harms university reservation or even spread of jobs?

The Supreme Court dismissed two petitions challenging an Allahabad High Court order that favoured department-wise reservations for faculty posts in universities as opposed to university-wide quotas for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. ThePrint asks: SC okays dept-wise faculty quota: Harms university reservation or even spread of jobs? Department-wise quotas is an attack on the very idea of reservations Vimal Thorat Convenor, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights and former professor, IGNOU Department-wise quota will only lead to the shrinking of SC, ST and OBC seats in the university. What happens when there’s only one position in the department—how will reservation work out then? With the 13-point quota roster system, this would mean that there will hardly be any chance for a marginalised person to make it to the department. This is yet another attempt to curtail Dalit and OBC representation in universities. As it is, things don’t look too good for the...
Police personnel lathicharge on an activist during the 'Bharat Bandh' by Dalit organisations, in Varanasi Monday. | PTI

Interaction with police highest among Muslims, least for Dalits and women, shows study

According to the study, which sought to analyse the perception of police along state and community lines, the rich and well-to-do were twice as likely as the poor to have sought police help or contacted them.
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.
Stand Up India

Two years on, Modi’s ‘Stand-Up India’ is still on its knees in Maharashtra

PM Modi’s pet project to boost entrepreneurship among SCs, STs and women has reached only 12% of targeted beneficiaries in state.

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?