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The Nitish-Lalu force-fit and why Bihar is heading backwards to the 1990s

Aug 31, 2015

The Nitish-Lalu force-fit and why Bihar is heading backwards to the 1990s

Political idioms and rhetorical statements are being liberally used to take Bihar back to a dreadful past when caste acrimony paid rich political dividends. #HowThisWorks #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Nitish Kumar #Lalu Prasad Yadav #caste politics #Bihar elections 2015 #Swabhiman Rally #Grand Secular Alliance
Muslim population increasing because there are no stringent rules on family planning: Shiv Sena

Aug 27, 2015

Muslim population increasing because there are no stringent rules on family planning: Shiv Sena

The just-released Census figures are "disturbing" and the rise in the Muslim population is because of "politics of religion", the Shiv Sena has said. #TheySaidIt #Shiv Sena #Hindus #Muslims #Caste Census
What the Patel agitation for OBC status shows: Caste politics is back

Aug 26, 2015

What the Patel agitation for OBC status shows: Caste politics is back

The landslide victory of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 parliamentary elections had led people to believe that religion had triumphed over caste. #Politics #India #Gujarat #BJP #ConnectTheDots #Hindutva #caste politics #Patels #Patels community
Coming full circle on reservations: Here's why Patels' OBC status demand should worry India

Aug 26, 2015

Coming full circle on reservations: Here's why Patels' OBC status demand should worry India

Today, in seeking reservation in education and government jobs, the young Patels do not realise this, but they are effectively rejecting all the arguments against the affirmative action their fathers and uncles made 30 years ago. #HowThisWorks #India #Gujarat #Reservation #OBC #Caste #community #Patels
Modi's Rs 1.25 lakh cr package for Bihar is a boost for BJP, but may be no poll winner

Aug 19, 2015

Modi's Rs 1.25 lakh cr package for Bihar is a boost for BJP, but may be no poll winner

Whether the Rs 1.25 lakh crore announcement will result in the BJP winning the biggest state election of this year is difficult to call. #Politics #Congress #BJP #Development #Narendra Modi #bIhar #PM #Caste #Lalu Prasad Yadav #RJD #Bihar Assembly Election 2015
Dalit houses torched for taking out procession in Tamil Nadu village: How the conflict unfolded

Aug 18, 2015

Dalit houses torched for taking out procession in Tamil Nadu village: How the conflict unfolded

On Sunday, 70 persons were arrested by the Tamil Nadu police for burning and damaging Dalit houses the district of Villupuram district over a dispute over a temple procession. #Tamil Nadu #NewsTracker #Dalits #Dharmapuri #Caste atrocities #Prevention of Atrocities Act #Villupuram #Vanniyar
Hindu by birth, but a Muslim now: Upper caste atrocities force Dalits in Haryana village to convert

Aug 17, 2015

Hindu by birth, but a Muslim now: Upper caste atrocities force Dalits in Haryana village to convert

These poor villagers of Bhagana had been facing atrocity of the upper caste Jats for years, but the worst happened in 2011, when a 280-acre government land (Shamlaat Zameen), which used to be a playground and was meant for social functions of the Dalits, was usurped by the upper-caste villagers. #ConnectTheDots #Haryana #Dalits #Muslim #Hindu #Upper caste
By reviving 'Jungle Raj', BJP exposes Nitish's biggest weakness  Lalu

Aug 11, 2015

By reviving 'Jungle Raj', BJP exposes Nitish's biggest weakness Lalu

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar invoked the fear of Jungle Raj in all 10 electionssix Lok Sabha and four assembly electionsthat he contested since he parted ways with the RJD since 1996 and it has yielded spectacular results. #BJP #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #bIhar #Nitish Kumar #Caste #Bihar Assembly Election 2015
SECC 2011: Why we are headed for Mandal 2 and more quotas before 2019

Jul 17, 2015

SECC 2011: Why we are headed for Mandal 2 and more quotas before 2019

The vociferous demands for the release of caste data from the 2011 census shows that the OBC population may report a spike, empowering OBC politicians to demand more quotas. We are headed for Mandal 2 #Nitish Kumar #NDA #Mandal Commission #Lalu Prasad #Niti Aayog #Socio-Economic & Caste Census 2011