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Atrocities Against dalits Continue Unabated in Gujarat -Bharathy Singaravel

-Newsclick.in In 2019, the Gujarat government revealed a 32% rise in crimes against Scheduled Castes between 2013 and 2017, and a 55% rise in crimes against Scheduled Tribes for the same period. On May 22, Jignesh Mevani, MLA from Vadgam, Gujarat, released a strongly worded statement on his Facebook page, following the killing of Rajesh Sondarva. Sondarva was a 21-year-old dalit murdered by upper caste Hindu men in Rajkot, Gujarat. Earlier in...

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Upper castes get big chunk of ministerial berths

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to accommodate representatives of most castes in his Council of Ministers but upper castes got a dominant presence, bagging 32 of the 58 berths. Ministers from Other Backward Classes, a crucial political constituency, numbered 13. Nine Brahmin leaders have found place in the Union cabinet, including Nitin Gadkari. Three Thakur leaders also made it, including Rajnath Singh, Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh...

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It's about social justice, not welfare -Abusaleh Shariff and Mohsin Alam Bhat

-The Indian Express To fulfil the constitutional requirement, reservation must be based on a rigorous identification of economic backwardness. The introduction of the 124th constitutional amendment that provides the possibility of quotas for the “economically weaker sections” (EWS) has rekindled the debate on reservations. These quotas diverge from reservation policies for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other socially and educationally backward classes, by jettisoning caste or community identity as the...

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'Untouchability still prevails in over 640 Tamil Nadu villages' -Ritwika Mitra

-The New Indian Express NEW DELHI: Over 640 villages across 20 districts in Tamil Nadu still practise untouchability, according to information received by a Dalit advocacy group Social Awareness Society for Youths (SASY) in RTI queries. The information was sought by SASY for the time period between 2014 to 2018. No legal action has been taken in any of the villages, according to the several RTIs. Under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled...

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PM Modi's pet schemes underperforming in Gujarat: Report -Avinash Nair

-The Indian Express Stress faced by certain industries, drought in some areas hurt patronage of financial schemes for MSMEs, says State Level Bankers’ Committee report Ahmedabad: The Union government’s high profile financial aid schemes meant to support the micro, small and medium enterprises of the country have not performed as well as expected in Gujarat, a report of the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) released on Tuesday showed. Districts such as...

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