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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC job ad kicks up ‘Meena-Mina’ row, recruiter accused of trying to ‘divide ST community’

Minas are classified as STs in the central list and are thus eligible for reservation. But Meenas have been kept out of the quota fold even though they say they are the same group.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘There are unequals within SCs, STs’ — what Supreme Court said on quota sub-classification

Supreme Court says reservations can be made for sub-castes within the SCs. This is the opposite of what another five-judge bench had held in 2004.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘Revise SC/ST lists’: SC says the affluent among them not allowing benefits to trickle down

In a case against an order on quota by the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh govt, the Supreme Court observes the government is ‘duty bound’ to revise SC/ST lists.
Land in India

Land conflict rampant in India because Constitution has made sparse reference to it

Spread over 395 articles in 22 parts and eight schedules at the time of its formation, the original Indian Constitution mentioned “land” in only four parts.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Lok Sabha passes bill to include more tribes in ST category in Karnataka

Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said that the government will take cognisance of their demands and bring the deprived sections of society into the mainstream.
File photo | Narendra Modi being presented with a memento from Jharkhand Welfare Minister Louis Marandi and CM Raghubar Das during election campaign rally in Dumka, Jharkhand | PTI

In Jharkhand polls, parties woo tribal voters with slogans, statues but don’t understand them

The slogan ‘jal, jungle, zameen’ (water, forest, land) has been central to affirming tribal identity in Jharkhand. And no local election speech omits it.
BJP workers during an election rally at Khanabal in Anantag district of south Kashmir last year | Photo: ANI

BJP has no competitor in Kashmir right now. But it’s still unable to create new politics

Unlike Bastar’s dislike for Naxals, militancy in Valley hasn’t tired out Kashmiris who are prepared for the long haul.
Members of Dalit community display a portrait of Bhim Rao Ambedkar during 'Bharat Bandh' in New Delhi | PTI

Attitude towards Dalits & tribals could soon make or break govt officers’ promotions

A proposed format for govt officers’ appraisal reports seeks to encourage sensitisation towards Dalits & tribals (SCs & STs).
Ajit Jogi

Panel dismisses former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi’s claim of belonging to a Scheduled Tribe

A caste scrutiny committee said Ajit Jogi failed to substantiate his claim of being a member of the Kanwar community.
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SC, ST children more likely to die before 5th birthday than non-SC/ST ones: Study

The study, conducted by Austria-based organisation, examines link between caste & under-5 mortality rate using data from Indian Demographic Health Survey.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.