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Missing voters -Divya Trivedi 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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Potato, three years of losses to count in 4 out of 8 seats voting next in Uttar Pradesh -Harish Damodaran

hu village falling in Fatehpur Sikri constituency. Nagla Nathu has about 800 voters, comprising an estimated 300 Rajputs and 100 each from the Brahmin, Prajapati (potter), Baghel (shepherd) and Jatav dalit communities. The 39-year-old Sharma, a Brahmin, makes no secret of his displeasure at potato prices. “Mota aloo (normal large potato) is being sold from our fields at Rs 300-350 per 50-kg bag (Rs 6-7/kg), while it is Rs 200-250 for gulla (m

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

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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Are Tribal Votes Slipping from BJP in Madhya Pradesh? -Kashif Kakvi

ibals carried out an ‘Adivasi Adhikar Chetavni rally’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur district on Monday, April 1. The rally, which was organised under the banner of Jagrit Adivasi dalit Sangathan, was participated by more than 5,000 tribals who raised their voice for their rights. Addressing the rally, tribal leaders criticised the Modi government for their disinterest in presenting the tribals’ side in the Supreme Court w

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How Much Is a Woman's Labour Worth? Rs 37 a Day, According to the Indian Govt -Neha Dixit Mid-day meal cooks in Bihar – mostly women from dalit and Adivasi communities – are subject to the worst kind of institutional gender discrimination. Patna/Jehanabad/Bhojpur (Bihar): On February 11, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi served the third billionth Akshay Patra mid-day meal in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, he said that his “government has given special focus on the nutrition of the children because a healt

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

-Down to Earth High debts, sexual exploitation, gender disparity, caste discrimination and exclusion from the political process continue to bedevil these mostly dalit women An eye-opening study released on March 19, 2019, on the plight of rural women labourers in Punjab, has brought to centre-stage, the issue of the failure of India’s political system to deliver after more than 72 years of independence. The document points at the marg

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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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Niti Aayog working on policy to end crop residue burning -Yogima Seth Sharma

r, the officials said. “The gravity of the situation demands that an appropriate policy should be evolved to promote alternative uses of crop residue to prevent on-farm burning; working on modalities for potential of economic utilisation of agricultural biomass waste in India targeting to convert manure to support farming sector,” one of the officials said. Agricultural straw is mostly used as fodder for cattle or for making cardboar

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