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Merit makes a mark in NEET results -Basant Kumar Mohanty

own that aspiring doctors from underprivileged social backgrounds are no less than general-category students when it comes to merit. Nearly 80 per cent of students from among the Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes and Other Backward Classes who cracked the NEET 2019 for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses cleared the cut-off meant for general-category students. The National Testing Agency (NTA) declared the results. The 7.97 la

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Upper castes get big chunk of ministerial berths

Tomar. Dharmendra Pradhan remains a prominent OBC face in the cabinet, besides Modi himself. Of the 58 MPs sworn in as ministers on Thursday, six belonged to the Scheduled Castes and four to the scheduled tribes, mostly from Odisha and Jharkhand. Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP’s Hardeep Puri were the two Sikhs while Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was the lone Muslim to take oath. Please click here to read more.

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Atrocities Against dalits Continue Unabated in Gujarat -Bharathy Singaravel In 2019, the Gujarat government revealed a 32% rise in crimes against Scheduled Castes between 2013 and 2017, and a 55% rise in crimes against scheduled tribes for the same period. On May 22, Jignesh Mevani, MLA from Vadgam, Gujarat, released a strongly worded statement on his Facebook page, following the killing of Rajesh Sondarva. Sondarva was a 21-year-old dalit murdered by upper caste Hindu men in Rajkot, Gujarat. Earlier in

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It's about social justice, not welfare -Abusaleh Shariff and Mohsin Alam Bhat

s the possibility of quotas for the “economically weaker sections” (EWS) has rekindled the debate on reservations. These quotas diverge from reservation policies for the Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes and other socially and educationally backward classes, by jettisoning caste or community identity as the basis of identifying beneficiary groups. Parliament’s power to amend the Constitution is limited by the basic structure doct

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'Untouchability still prevails in over 640 Tamil Nadu villages' -Ritwika Mitra

he information was sought by SASY for the time period between 2014 to 2018. No legal action has been taken in any of the villages, according to the several RTIs. Under the Scheduled Castes and the scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the state government are supposed to impose collective fines on people who practise untouchability.The total number of villages where untouchability continues to exist is 646. Of the information sought f

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For the voices on the forest fringe -Anamitra Anurag Danda

ent times during the colonial period except Jharkhali in Basanti block that came to be settled post-Independence. Most of the populations in these villages would not qualify as ‘forest dwelling scheduled tribes’ and, therefore, it is important to know the definition of ‘other traditional forest dwellers’ under the FRA. The term, OTFD, means any member or community who has for at least three generations prior to the 13th day of

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PM Modi's pet schemes underperforming in Gujarat: Report -Avinash Nair

Gir Somnath and Kutch achieved less than 50 per cent of the target for the “loan in 59 minutes” scheme, while Stand-Up India, which facilitates loans for people from Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes as well as women, and the MUDRA loan scheme had been underperforming, the report said. Advertising Stress faced by certain industries as well as drought were found to be the reasons that some districts performed poorly. Underachieveme

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Why Adversarial Court Action Won't Solve Disputes Over Forest Governance -Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon

ing ideological disputes over India’s forest governance. Reactions to the recent order in a case filed by Wildlife First and Ors (WP (C) 50/2008), challenging the constitutional validity of the scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA), have pit elite conservation against local forest livelihoods and protection of wildlife versus Adivasi and forest-dwellers’ rights. This order

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Framing the forest rights debate -Vivek Deshpande

ge demonstrations took place across the country for demands that included promulgation of an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court’s order. The February 13 order came on a challenge to The scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 — commonly known as The Forest Rights Act (FRA) — filed by three wildlife NGOs. The court directed 17 states that had filed affidavits on claims re

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