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Forward caste quota is an act of appeasement, desperation and failure -TK Arun

not in the lifetime of the present Lok Sabha. That means that the proposal is a political ploy, to regain the upper caste support the BJP lost, following the amendment made to the Scheduled Caste and scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, referred to as the SC/ST Act. The loss in Madhya Pradesh has been attributed, inside the BJP, to loss of upper caste support in the wake of amending the SC/ST Act to rid it of the Supreme-Court-induced p

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A quota for farmers -Harish Damodaran

on amendment bill that creates a new economically weaker sections of citizens (EWS) category entitled to 10 per cent reservation, over and above the 15 per cent for Scheduled Castes, 7.5 per cent for scheduled tribes and 27 per cent for OBCs. Such alacrity and boldness to defy Indra Sawhney is striking for two reasons. First, this zeal wasn’t evident when the demand for creating similar quotas came from dominant farming communities. At lea

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Quota for poor: Constitutional and social issues, implications - PS Krishnan

ealities and Constitutional provisions. The social reality It is a fact that there are poor individuals even among the Socially Advanced Castes (SACs), i.e., the non-Scheduled Castes (SCs), non-scheduled tribes (STs) and non-Socially and Educationally Backward Castes (SEdBCs). They too do need help. The issue is what is the specific problem they face, and what is the appropriate Constitutionally sustainable solution for it. Provisions of the

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Forest Rights Act: A decade old but implementation remains incomplete -Mayank Aggarwal

Passed in 2006, the FRA Act seeks to make amends to India’s tribal community and other forest dwellers. The Act makes provisions for recognising and giving the forest rights to forest-dwelling scheduled tribes and other traditional communities residing in such forests for generations but whose rights could not be recorded. It also aims to strengthen the conservation regime by recognising forest dwellers’ right to sustainably use and ma

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Marginal & small holdings saw increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture Census

g SCs & STs It is worth noting that although the average size of operational holding for the overall population was 1.08 hectare in 2015-16, for persons belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs), that was 0.78 hectare and 1.41 hectare, respectively. The average size of operational holding for STs fell from 1.52 hectare in 2010-11 to 1.41 hectare in 2015-16. Similarly, the average size of operational holding for SCs went

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A very material shift -Sajjan Kumar

small businessmen, the urban service classes, and so on helps us understand voter behaviour more clearly than categories such as upper caste, Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs). Shifting identities In the wake of Mandalisation of politics in the early 1990s, when caste-based identity emerged as the dominant electoral fault line, Madhya Pradesh did not witness the replacement of traditional upper-cast

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Forest rights hold the key -Arvind Khare

time? Past trends in both States have been nothing short of dramatic, and this drama has always played out in the tribal reserved constituencies in M.P. Between the elections of 2008 and 2013, 27 scheduled tribes (ST) constituencies flipped in the State, i.e. the electorate voted for a different party than on the previous occasion. The same trend was noticeable in the 2008 election, but data are not strictly comparable. The percentage for flipped

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Margins of New India -Christophe Jaffrelot & Kalaiyarasan A

Indian states — other than those in the Northeast — with more than 20 per cent Adivasi population. Chhattisgarh, in fact, has an Adivasi population of more than 30 per cent. However, the scheduled tribes (STs) have hardly found a mention in the election campaigns in the two states. Along with the Muslims, the Adivasis seem to be the main losers in “New India”. Advertising In both states — where the BJP has held offic

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First in India: 21 tribal dictionaries unveiled in Odisha

is the vehicle of a culture, Naveen announced the decision of the State Government to give the status of Odisha State Tribal Museum to the tribal museum located in the campus of Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI). Describing the tribal museum as the best in the country, Naven said “It has best of equipment with all kinds of interactive facilities. This is the only tribal museum in the country to

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No respite from poverty for Muslims -Irfan Ahmad & Santosh Mehrotra

,000 persons, which is the least among all religious groups. It is higher among Christians (981), followed by Sikhs (971), though it is lower among Hindus (955), possibly because Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes have lower rates. The gaps in the current attendance rates of Muslims and those of other religious groups are increasingly pronounced at higher age groups. Please click here to read more.

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