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In UP, rat-eating Musahars battle starvation, death -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Times of India KUSHINAGAR, UP: The two sons of Sonwa Devi were very ill and hungry for days until they died, almost together, on September 14, unaware of the fact that the government, far away from their wretched lives in the eastern UP district, had celebrated September as National Nutrition Month to mark India’s fight against malnutrition. A few kilometres away, in Rakba Dulma Patti village, Virendra Musahar and his family...

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Mother, 2 Children Die Allegedly Of Hunger As UP Marks "Nutrition Month" -Alok Pandey

-NDTV Doctors first admitted both Sangeeta and Suraj, but later referred them to a larger district hospital in Padrauna. Both of them died in the ambulance, on the way. Lucknow: A mother and her two children have died within a week in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar, allegedly of hunger and malnutrition. The government has officially recorded diarrhea and food poisoning as the cause of the deaths, but villagers tell a different story. The...

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How economic inequality impacts caste politics -Pramit Bhattacharya

-Livemint.com One of the big drivers of the ruling BJP’s massive victory in 2014 was its ability to exploit 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....

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UP's Musahars face such intense discrimination that even healthcare is denied to them -Tarun Kanti Bose

-Scroll.in Untouchability was outlawed in 1950, but discrimination and segregation of the scheduled caste remains pervasive. Musahars, a Scheduled Caste that sections of Hindu society deem untouchable, are still being denied government entitlements such as state pensions and housing. The discrimination is blatant when it comes to accessing government healthcare in Badagaon administrative block of Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous province. The scourge of discrimination is so pervasive that...

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Flood-resistant rice fights for survival -Nidhi Jamwal

-IndiaClimateDialogue.net In north Bihar, where floods devastate standing crops with increasing regularity in an era of climate change, a marginalised community is fighting all odds to protect an indigenous flood-resistant variety of rice. Sahorwa village is caught between the embankments of two major rivers in north Bihar. Between the Kosi river’s western embankment and Kamla Balan river’s eastern embankment, this village of 110 Musahar families remains flooded for seven to eight months...

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