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A quota for farmers -Harish Damodaran

passing in Parliament a Constitution 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 d

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PS Krishnan, former secretary to government of India, interviewed by Hridayesh Joshi (

ered the caste system and the harm it has done. They realised it had to be eliminated and those who suffered by it needed support to achieve equality. These were the victims of untouchability i.e. scheduled castes and schedule tribes. They were socially and educationally backward classes. This was the basic structure. It was not a programme to eliminate poverty. It was part of a national enterprise to remove the inequalities created by the caste sy

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

he point of view of social realities 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 f

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

Agricultural holding among 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 operat

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Upper-caste share is down, more marginal groups enter campuses -Shalini Nair

y” is being eroded with their percentage share falling to below 50 per cent over the last few years, according to a study. Advertising All other groups, women, Other Backward Classes (OBC), scheduled castes (SC), and Tribes (ST), have increased their share though they still remain largely under-represented relative to their share in the population. The enrolment share of upper caste Hindus (estimated to be about 20 per cent of the country

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A very material shift -Sajjan Kumar

ers, government employees, 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 replacemen

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Forest rights hold the key -Arvind Khare

ame trend was noticeable in the 2008 election, but data are not strictly comparable. The percentage for flipped constituencies in ST areas was 58% while for the general electorate it was 51%. For the scheduled castes (SC) constituencies it was 40%. In Chhattisgarh, where the elections were much closer in 2013, the electorate flipped parties across the board. Overall 58% constituencies were flipped, including 55% in ST constituencies and 60% in SC cons

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First in India: 21 tribal dictionaries unveiled in Odisha

that tribal language 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 muse

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

itutions is 869 per 1,000 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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India's progress against multidimensional poverty -Francine Pickup

, India has lifted 271 million people out of multi-dimensional poverty in the 10 years between 2005-06 and 2015-16. Even though traditionally marginalized population groups such as rural populations, scheduled castes and tribes, Muslims, and young children remained the poorest in 2015-16, they were also catching upthat is, they also showed the largest reduction in MPI. This is, of course, extremely encouraging news, not just for India but also the

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