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Data on AES related deaths in Bihar during May-June this year is fraught with confusion

ld visits) that got published during June-July 2019, suggest that there were several probable factors [including high prevalence of under-nutrition among the children from marginalized communities -- dalits, Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs) and muslims; hypoglycaemic encephalopathy that triggered the death of undernourished children; poor hygiene and cleanliness; poor functioning of anganwadi centres under the Integrated Child Development Services sc

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Indian media is an upper-caste fortress, suggests report on caste representation -Ayush Tiwari

adership positions surveyed in newsrooms, none are held by those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Three out of every four anchors of flagship debates are upper caste. Not one is dalit, Adivasi, or OBC. Only 10 of the 972 articles featuring on the cover pages of the 12 magazines are about issues related to caste. No more than 5 per cent of all articles in English newspapers are written by dali

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Rising incidents of hate crimes point to the growing power of the lumpen -Radha Kumar

y have steadily risen over the past five years. Amnesty International India documented 721 such incidents between 2015 and 2018. Last year alone, it tracked 218 hate crimes, 142 of which were against dalits, 50 against Muslims, 40 against women, and eight each against Christians, Adivasis, and transgenders. The more common hate crimes, they found, were honour killings — that have sadly occurred for decades — and ‘cow-related violence

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Promises and Priorities - An Analysis of Union Budget (2019-20) -CBGA

nking water and sanitation, nutrition and food security etc.), agriculture, employment and the responsiveness of the Budget towards the vulnerable sections of the population (such as women, children, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities and persons with disabilities). The publication is shared widely with important stakeholders across the spectrum. We hope it would help deepen the public discourse on Union Budget. Please click here to read mor

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Funds for education of SCs, STs slashed in Budget, say rights groups

ducation of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) students has received a setback in the Union Budget, presented on Friday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, according to an analysis by dalit and Adivasi rights groups. The Budget estimate for post-matric scholarships for SC students has been slashed from Rs 3,000 crore last year to Rs 2,926 crore this year, Beena Pallical of dalit Arthik Adhik

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After Bihar, U.P. braces for encephalitis season -Omar Rashid

after she developed sudden seizures. “When we stopped the medicine, her fever would return. She would face jhatkas (convulsions),” said Sunita who hails from a village in Gorakhpur. A dalit, Sunita and her family still defecate in the open as they are yet to get a toilet built. Her husband is a wage labourer, providing a glimpse of the socio-economic conditions of those affected by AES. The disease hits the peak during monsoons, fro

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Caste Discrimination in UP's Bundelkhand is Worsening the Water Woes of dalits Khabar Lahariya dalit residents in the state's Chitrakoot region are being denied access to water sources by upper castes. It’s peak summer in Itwa gram panchayat in Chitrakoot in UP’s Bundelkhand. Most of the taps and hand pumps are running dry, like every year. This time around, tankers have been hired to deliver water. They pass by the dalit basti where the Chamar communi

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Why 116 dalit farmers in Gujarat want police protection from upper caste 'encroachers' -Samyak Pandey dalit farmers in Gujarat allege that they are being prevented by upper castes from cultivating land given to them by the state government for farming. New Delhi: As many as 116 dalit farmers from Gujarat approached Chief Minister Vijay Rupani this week for protection over an alleged threat to their life from upper-caste “encroachers”. The farmers, who belong to Rapar and

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