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How economic inequality impacts caste politics -Pramit Bhattacharya

inequalities within caste groups to expand its support base New Delhi: When we think of caste-based inequality in India, we typically think of a pyramid where scheduled castes (SCs or Dalits) and scheduled tribes (STs) are at the bottom, other backward classes (OBCs) above them, and upper castes at the very top. Official survey data which measure caste along such broad lines support such a view. A new World Bank study by the economists Shareen

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Niti Aayog nod to panel for denotified, semi-nomadic, nomadic tribes -Shalini Nair

SNT, and NT communities. In response, the NITI Aayog has agreed with the recommendation to set up a permanent commission for the communities on the lines of similar commissions for Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes, and Other Backward Classes. In its report submitted to the social justice ministry in January 2018, the Idate Commission said such a permanent commission should have a prominent community leader as its chairperson, and a senior Union gov

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Odisha is breaking the patriarchy, one deed at a time -Ashwaq Masoodi

s at 28% for women and 49% for men. Ground realities, however, point to a less rosy picture. The Zilakaras own 0.7 acres of land, part of an allotment made by the government in 2010, under the The scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (or Forest Rights Act). Joint titling is mandatory in such cases—which means the names of both husband and wife are included as owners in the title deed.

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One in two Indian Muslims fears being falsely accused in terrorism cases, finds study -Sankalita Dey and Anagha Deshpande

that people from the community comprised 16.68 per cent of convicts and 21.05 per cent of undertrials.   What Adivasis and Dalits fear The report suggested a similar fear among the scheduled tribes (Adivasis) and the Scheduled Castes (Dalits). According to the survey, 27 per cent of the Adivasis said they feared being framed for anti-state Maoist activities, while 35 per cent of Dalits held a similar fear regarding petty thefts.

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62% of tribal land claims rejected in Maharashtra: Official figures -Kavitha Iyer

3,35,660, or 93 per cent, of the IFR claims it received. Of the 1,10,786 claims accepted, land titles have been distributed to 1,10,589 claimants covering 2,60,271.52 acres. Implementation of the scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act was the central demand of the nearly 40,000 adivasi protestors who undertook a “long march” of 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai in March. Their agitation end

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Meet the Dalits who are using online platforms to tell stories of their community -Danish Raza

by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, found that none of the 315 key decision-makers in Hindi and English newspapers and television channels belonged to the Scheduled Castes or scheduled tribes. In 2013, media watchdog, The Hoot, published a write-up by journalist Ajaz Ashraf based on his interviews with 21 Dalit journalists. Ashraf concluded that discrimination against Dalits was rampant in the Hindi and other language media

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We Need Annual Diversity Statistics for the Judiciary -Diksha Sanyal

than their actual population share estimated to be close to 40%. Dalits constitute 14%, which is a bit lesser than their population share of 16.6% as per the 2011 Census. Only judges belonging to the scheduled tribes constitute 12% of the lower judiciary figure, which is higher than their estimated population share of 8.6%. Representativeness of public institutions, including the judiciary, is seen as an important goal in a constitutional democracy

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Set to lose farms to bullet train: Maharashtra's tribals protest dilution of land alienation laws -Kavitha Iyer

, dated November 14, 2017, negates provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, which recognises the centrality of the gram sabha in preventing land alienation among the scheduled tribes. “…Vitally important for whom is the vital question” reads a submission to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao by the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, which led Thursday’s protest. Sutar, who owns 5.5 acres of irrigated land with

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Call for ordinance on SC, ST Act -P Samuel Jonathan

d increase the period of vulnerability of the victims in atrocities while giving ample time for the oppressors to intimidate the victims. Referring to the context in which the Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was passed in 1989, he said atrocities had become more frequent and violent after Independence. Previously, the Scheduled Castes were subjugated only by means of untouchability. The power of untouchability b

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