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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.

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.

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PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India matlab Narendra Modi: How the PM learnt branding from Coca-Cola

Modi has followed the marketing strategy of fast-moving consumer goods and sold himself as the biggest brand of ‘vikaspanthi’ politics.

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.


Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.