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Reservation politics in India: From Gujjars, Jats, Patidars to Marathas, communities line up for their piece of caste-based quota pie
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Reservation politics in India: From Gujjars, Jats, Patidars to Marathas, communities line up for their piece of caste-based quota pie

Marathas are the latest addition to a list of communities in India who have demanded reservation (or quota) in jobs and education, but many have debated that offering quota to communities without going over its merits dilutes the purpose of having a quota system for backward castes.

Kathua rape and murder case: Most now see disease, but symptoms of communal strife were always there in Jammu and Kashmir
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Kathua rape and murder case: Most now see disease, but symptoms of communal strife were always there in Jammu and Kashmir

Many Gujjar and Bakarwal activists allege that some Right-wing elements in Jammu, particularly in Hindu-majority areas of these parts, have been systematically trying to force the Muslim population out of their residential areas.

Neither Jammu, nor Kashmir: Bakarwals who’ve come into focus after the Kathua rape case need to be given citizenship
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Neither Jammu, nor Kashmir: Bakarwals who’ve come into focus after the Kathua rape case need to be given citizenship

The Kathua rape case has left the Bakkarwals stunned. Their way is to evade and move on. But how do they negotiate this present time without entering the quagmire of the ‘civilised settled’?

Gujjar andolan enters 3rd day with violent agitations in Dholpur; Vehicles torched, trains disrupted as community wants 5% quota in jobs
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Gujjar andolan enters 3rd day with violent agitations in Dholpur; Vehicles torched, trains disrupted as community wants 5% quota in jobs

The Gujjar community agitation demanding five percent quota in jobs and education turned violent Sunday with shots being fired and police vehicles torched in Dholpur district and protesters blocking road and rail traffic in many areas in Rajasthan.

Gujjar quota stir: 13 trains affected in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur-Bayana section; special trains deployed along alternative routes
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Gujjar quota stir: 13 trains affected in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur-Bayana section; special trains deployed along alternative routes

As many as 13 trains were diverted, short terminated or cancelled on Sunday in the wake of the agitation by Gujjars who have blocked tracks on a section of the North-Western Railway in Rajasthan demanding a higher quota.

Catalysed by Kathua rape-murder case, communal polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir reached new heights in 2018
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Catalysed by Kathua rape-murder case, communal polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir reached new heights in 2018

Jammu feels neglected by Kashmiri leaders and Kashmir blames Jammu for its underdevelopment. The communal sentiments feed into this perception

Rajasthan Assembly Election: From raging agrarian crisis to cow lynchings, here are the key poll issues in focus
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Rajasthan Assembly Election: From raging agrarian crisis to cow lynchings, here are the key poll issues in focus

As Rajasthan continues to be plagued by a devastating agrarian crisis, drinking water shortage, unemployment, and community divide, it remains to be seen who the state votes into power.

Rajasthan govt approves 1% quota to Gujjars, four other communities under most backward classes category
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Rajasthan govt approves 1% quota to Gujjars, four other communities under most backward classes category

The Rajasthan government approved the one percent reservation to five communities, including Gujjars, under the most backward classes (MBC) category.

Rajasthan govt to issue circular mandating 1% quota to Gujjars, four other MBC communities today
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Rajasthan govt to issue circular mandating 1% quota to Gujjars, four other MBC communities today

The Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan will release a circular mandating one percent reservation to five MBC category communities by 5pm on Monday.

BJP, Congress face tough contest in Rajasthan election: Will state break trend of showing incumbents the door?
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BJP, Congress face tough contest in Rajasthan election: Will state break trend of showing incumbents the door?

The 2013 elections in Rajasthan saw the BJP romp to a historic win. In 2018, the outcome of the election will be seen as a popularity test for the NDA government.

Rajasthan govt approves 1% reservation for Gujjars, four other backward castes
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Rajasthan govt approves 1% reservation for Gujjars, four other backward castes

Rajasthan government on Thursday decided to provide the Gujjars and four other communities one percent reservation within the 50 percent limit while retaining their OBC status.

SC sets aside Rajasthan HC's stay on OBC reservation bill but restricts quota limit at 50%
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SC sets aside Rajasthan HC's stay on OBC reservation bill but restricts quota limit at 50%

Supreme Court has set aside Rajasthan High Court's stay order on the OBC reservation bill, 2017 to increase the reservation quota.

Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Hardik Patel's quest for reservation to Patidars as OBCs is politically unviable
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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Hardik Patel's quest for reservation to Patidars as OBCs is politically unviable

The power of Hardik Patel as a symbol arises from the challenge he represents to the Indian state’s reservation policy for the OBCs.

Rajasthan Assembly passes bill raising reservation for OBCs to 26 percent; move to benefit Gujjars
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Rajasthan Assembly passes bill raising reservation for OBCs to 26 percent; move to benefit Gujjars

Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill to raise reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from 21 percent to 26 percent with a voice vote

Rebel BJP MLA warns that Rajasthan HC will strike down bill granting 5% quota to Gujjars
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Rebel BJP MLA warns that Rajasthan HC will strike down bill granting 5% quota to Gujjars

Ghanshyam Tiwari said that if the proposed bill for reservation quota for Gujjars is challenged, all castes under OBC would suffer in Rajasthan

Rajasthan govt issues notification to re-include Gujjars, four other castes, in OBC category
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Rajasthan govt issues notification to re-include Gujjars, four other castes, in OBC category

The Rajasthan government re-included five castes, including Gujjars, in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category on Friday

Kashmir bypolls: In the past, boycott suited National Conference but this time, it will help PDP
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Kashmir bypolls: In the past, boycott suited National Conference but this time, it will help PDP

The snow lay thick. Vehicles struggled to get past each other on the narrow, hilly road from the national highway to Sadiwara village. A crowd had gathered around a Maruti van that had slipped into a roadside ditch. Knots of pheran-wrapped people headed to the village mosque for Friday afternoon prayers.

Debate on minority rights in Kashmir pertinent, but govt must accommodate all ethnic groups
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Debate on minority rights in Kashmir pertinent, but govt must accommodate all ethnic groups

A mechanism to protect minority rights is very important in Kashmir but it must be based on a broad vision. It must not lead to the further squeezing of space to celebrate multiple identities and cultures.

Kashmir Gujjars up in arms after the alleged killing of over a dozen horses by army vehicle
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Kashmir Gujjars up in arms after the alleged killing of over a dozen horses by army vehicle

There were no protests after the killings, but they have sent shockwaves through the Kashmir Valley. Herdsmen said over a dozen horses were killed when the ‘trigger-happy’ driver of a security forces vehicle hit the animals in Frisal village in the Kulgam district in south Kashmir

BJP faces vote-bank dilemma: Appease upper caste or woo dominant class?
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BJP faces vote-bank dilemma: Appease upper caste or woo dominant class?

BJP has to decide whose support it values the most – the upper castes or the dominant castes as there will be a clash between the two over reservation