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Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections: How exit of OBC leaders from BJP could impact its electoral future
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Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections: How exit of OBC leaders from BJP could impact its electoral future

Although OBC leaders left the BJP after the announcement of the MCC, their exit was not sudden, because the possibility of their exit had been doing the rounds in Lucknow since June 2021

UP Assembly elections: Here's why OBC vote share may hold key to victory in Uttar Pradesh
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UP Assembly elections: Here's why OBC vote share may hold key to victory in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP believes it will not drop below 40 per cent vote share, and will form a government easily while the SP won’t cross the 30 per cent vote mark despite its best efforts and BSP will remain a factor with at least 20 per cent vote share in 2022

Day after labour minister quits UP cabinet, now OBC leader Dara Singh Chauhan exits BJP
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Day after labour minister quits UP cabinet, now OBC leader Dara Singh Chauhan exits BJP

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has tweeted a picture with Chauhan, sparking speculations of the latter joining the SP

The Suraj Yengde interview | 'With COVID-19 pandemic, it is high time we acknowledged Dalit labour'
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The Suraj Yengde interview | 'With COVID-19 pandemic, it is high time we acknowledged Dalit labour'

Dr Suraj Yengde, noted scholar and author of Caste Matters, spoke to Firstpost about how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed chasms in our social structure and why it is high time we as a nation acknowledged and addressed the discrimination towards India's marginalised.

A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue
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A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue

The Black Lives Matter movement must spark a reckoning within the diaspora Indian classical dance world with its own race and caste issues

With roots in democratic socialism, how the 'Kerala model' ranks well-being above wealth for its people
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With roots in democratic socialism, how the 'Kerala model' ranks well-being above wealth for its people

How did Kerala become a model for development and social reform? The answer lies in its several movements that worked in tandem over a period of time, slowly eroding the old unjust power structures, and working towards establishing a more equitable society.

Nitin Gadkari says some people play ‘caste card’ to get party ticket for polls, lauds BJP leaders for ‘rising above’ identity politics
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Nitin Gadkari says some people play ‘caste card’ to get party ticket for polls, lauds BJP leaders for ‘rising above’ identity politics

Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Monday said many a time when people fail to get election tickets on the basis of their work, they play "caste card" to secure nomination.

Under BS Yediyurappa, Karnataka's Lingayat community mounts massive return to helm of state politics
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Under BS Yediyurappa, Karnataka's Lingayat community mounts massive return to helm of state politics

Of the 224 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka, over 100 constituencies in north Karnataka are dominated by the Lingayats and are the deciding factor for a candidate's victory

Caste discrimination in MP: Wedding processions, sitting in front of 'upper caste' members among recent causes for social boycott of Dalits
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Caste discrimination in MP: Wedding processions, sitting in front of 'upper caste' members among recent causes for social boycott of Dalits

An activist said that even if Dalits try to break discriminatory social norms, there are harsh consequences that follow.

Dalit children in Madhya Pradesh are forced to quit school due to harassment, casteism by teachers, students
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Dalit children in Madhya Pradesh are forced to quit school due to harassment, casteism by teachers, students

Caste discrimination is what is keeping three standard five students in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh from going to school.

Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 peddles a mythology rather than engaging honestly with the reality of caste
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Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 peddles a mythology rather than engaging honestly with the reality of caste

Article 15 tries to foreground the Constitution as a moral guide to caste relations, although it also describes caste as a 2000-year-old practice; the question is how something committed to paper around 1950 can undo something so ancient, the origins of which one can only speculate about?

Despite Dalit political assertion, casteism within community keeps issues affecting manual scavengers on the sidelines
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Despite Dalit political assertion, casteism within community keeps issues affecting manual scavengers on the sidelines

The fact that some of the dominant Dalit communities engage in unleashing violence on the members of the scavenger community points at the limitations of the endorsed political ideologies of Ambedkarism, Marxism and feminism/womanism for scavengers

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur: How dogmatic teen from MP town became Malegaon blast-accused legislator
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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur: How dogmatic teen from MP town became Malegaon blast-accused legislator

Sadhvi Pragya's candidature was seen by many within the Sangh as an experiment to test the limits of a country, which is in the process of a churning — a process which rests on the imagination of the Hindu Rashtra.

BJP's staggering near 50% vote share in Uttar Pradesh indicates change in usual caste politics, party's influence across communities
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BJP's staggering near 50% vote share in Uttar Pradesh indicates change in usual caste politics, party's influence across communities

The BJP appears to be overturning the traditional, caste-based politics in Uttar Pradesh as it doesn't make sense for a single party to approach 50 percent of the vote share.

Who is afraid of Narendra Modi's caste? Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's protests show why this remains an important issue for Opposition
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Who is afraid of Narendra Modi's caste? Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's protests show why this remains an important issue for Opposition

It is in BJP's interest to crack the caste equation and appeal to the bottom half of the electorate and it stands at a disadvantage if the caste barriers remain solidified. It isn' particularly difficult to understand that Mayawati or Akhilesh Yadav's entire ball game is to reinforce the caste divisions and see to it that their respective core voters stay true to the bases.

In UP's Bundelkhand, caste politics over water could see Dalit anger translate into voting behaviour on Monday
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In UP's Bundelkhand, caste politics over water could see Dalit anger translate into voting behaviour on Monday

In Bundelkhand, all villages are segregated into upper cast and lower caste sections

Double incumbency, Dhinakaran and DMK: Tamil Nadu LS polls a mess that couldn't be worse for BJP, AIADMK
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Double incumbency, Dhinakaran and DMK: Tamil Nadu LS polls a mess that couldn't be worse for BJP, AIADMK

By relying on caste permutations, the BJP-AIADMK is not only underestimating the double anti-incumbency it faces in Tamil Nadu, but also that TTV Dhinakaran is a Thevar and will split the traditional AIADMK votes

Travels through the Hindi belt: A year on from SC/ST Act agitation, Shobhapur village is a virtual ghost town
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Travels through the Hindi belt: A year on from SC/ST Act agitation, Shobhapur village is a virtual ghost town

On 2 April last year, residents had poured on to the Delhi-Dehradun highway running perpendicular to the village to protest the dilution of the SC/ST Act. Similar agitations had been held across the country. But the demonstration at Shobhapur took a violent turn.

Lok Sabha polls: Prakash Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi may just be what India needs to fight against casteism
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Lok Sabha polls: Prakash Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi may just be what India needs to fight against casteism

VBA is premised on Amebdkarite principles and claims to bring historically deprived communities into mainstream politics.

Priyanka Gandhi meeting Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad sums up Congress' surrender ahead of LS polls
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Priyanka Gandhi meeting Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad sums up Congress' surrender ahead of LS polls

The assumption that Azad and his motley crew can substitute Mayawati and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh politics is patently erroneous on many counts