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Missing voters -Divya Trivedi

-Frontline.in A large proportion of voters who are left out of the electoral rolls despite having valid voter ID cards are Muslims and Dalits. Abdul Rahmat, 28, from Kolkata was shocked and confused when his application for enrolment in the electoral rolls was rejected with the comment “not an Indian citizen”. Born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, he had moved to the city a decade ago and held a white-collar job with an Indian corporat

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

you qualified for the Indian Police Service. But you chose agricultural studies. What was the motivation? My father was a medical doctor, and a famous Gandhian. He had fought for temple entry for Dalits, for abolition of dowry, etc. He had built a big hospital at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. But he died at a very young age in 1936, when I was 11 years old. I was being groomed to go to medical college. Since my younger brother

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Eye-opening study on Punjab's rural women labourers poses many questions in poll season -Rajeev Khanna

ur and Jyoti. It was released at Punjabi University in Patiala. Gian Singh got women from his study sample to unveil the work. He disclosed that around 92 per cent of the rural women labourers are Dalits, 7.08 per cent come from Other Backward Castes and the remaining miniscule numbers are from the General category. Surinder Singh, an economist and a former member of the Planning Commission, pointed out that the most credible part of the work is

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92 per cent of rural women labourers are Dalits, shows Punjabi University research -Manish Sirhindi

-The Indian Express PATIALA: After studying in-depth the exploitation of women labourers in rural Punjab, especially the Dalits, a team from Punjabi University in Patiala has laid bare some startling facts about the high debts, sexual exploitation, gender disparity, caste discrimination and exclusion from the political process of these women. The study ‘Socio-Economic Conditions and Political Participation of Rural Women Labourers in Pun

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Quota, old plus new -Christophe Jaffrelot & Kalaiyarasan A

-The Indian Express There are substantial inequalities even within Dalits. In addition to the 15 per cent quota, the community should also have reservation based on socioeconomic criteria. Reservations are sometimes criticised in a constructive manner by analysts who argue that quotas are cornered by a few jatis at the expense of those who “really need them”. Among Dalits, the Jatavs of

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Government admits roster axe on tribal quota in teaching jobs -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-point roster system that the department of personnel and training unveiled last week. The roster reserves the first three posts for general candidates, the 4th, 8th and 12th for OBCs, the 7th for Dalits, and the 10th for the economically weaker sections among the upper castes. For reasons unexplained, the roster has two positions at the 13th slot, the first for general candidates and the second for the Scheduled Tribes, which practically means

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Students hit Delhi streets for jobs -Pheroze L Vincent

s us of the JP movement when a strong youth revolution dislodged the government…. If you want to keep the 13-point roster, give first preference to the weakest sections that are Adivasis, then Dalits, then OBCs and then the rest. But your mentality is such that you don’t want the oppressed to reach universities,” Samajwadi MP Dharmendra Yadav, one of the two parliamentarians on the stage, told the protesters. “I feel very h

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Budget 2019: Behind Chest Thumping, Cuts in Welfare and Silence on Jobs -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in The Interim Budget granted a paltry Rs 500 per month to farmers as relief, fund cuts for Dalits, adivasis and minorities, and was silent on agricultural and industrial workers. It was the theatre of absurd in the Lok Sabha on Friday as replacement Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget through an election speech, tom-tomming the so-called achievements of the Narendra Modi government over the past five years, o

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (Frontline.in)

rish the Constitution if our real independence of exercising fundamental rights has to remain. * Every day from different parts of the country, one hears of the brutal lynching of poor Muslims and Dalits in the name of cow protection. The Union government went to the extent of putting a ban on cattle trading across States. How does this cow vigilantism affect the agrarian economy? What are the consequences? What is the political economy that allows

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Why Can't Muslim Community Build and Run Modern Schools Like Others: Zameer Uddin Shah -Mohd. Imran Khan

lim youths hardly qualify or crack competitive exams and tests for admission in top educational institutions,” he said, while admitting that there was partial discrimination against Muslims and Dalits, as they lagged in modern education. Shah was also critical that unlike Christians and Sikhs, Parsis and Jains, the Muslim community hardly made any serious effort to construct and build modern educational institutions, including schools. He ci

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