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Amit Shah visits UP to take stock of preparations for legislative council polls, meets BJP's 'sulking' alliance partners
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Amit Shah visits UP to take stock of preparations for legislative council polls, meets BJP's 'sulking' alliance partners

Amit Shah visited Uttar Pradesh to take stock of preparations for the upcoming legislative council polls in the state and meet the party's 'sulking' alliance partners.

Supreme Court dilutes SC/ST Act: Centre to tell apex court that order will reduce fear of law, could result in more violations
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Supreme Court dilutes SC/ST Act: Centre to tell apex court that order will reduce fear of law, could result in more violations

SC order banning automatic arrest for harassment of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) will dilute the law which aims to protect the marginalised, the government is likely to tell the top court.

SC/ST Act diluted: Amarinder Singh appeals for restraint after SC community calls for shutdown in Punjab
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SC/ST Act diluted: Amarinder Singh appeals for restraint after SC community calls for shutdown in Punjab

Following a call for a shutdown on 2 April by various organisations of the SC community, Amarinder Singh appealed for restraint and maintenance of law and order.

SC says no immediate arrest needed in complaints under SC/ST Act against govt servants, notes rampant misuse of law
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SC says no immediate arrest needed in complaints under SC/ST Act against govt servants, notes rampant misuse of law

SC took note of the rampant misuse of the stringent Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against government servants and held that there shall be no immediate arrest.

Time has come to redefine R&D as research for development: Narendra Modi at the Indian Science Congress in Manipur
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Time has come to redefine R&D as research for development: Narendra Modi at the Indian Science Congress in Manipur

The 105th session of the Indian Science Congress began in Manipur with PM Narendra Modi calling upon scientists to work for solving societal problems.

Maharashtra farmers' march: Implementing collective forest rights more important than individual claims to land
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Maharashtra farmers' march: Implementing collective forest rights more important than individual claims to land

The big takeaway from the Adivasi protests is that implementing collective forest rights is of greater importance and priority than individual human rights.

Madhu Chindaki lynching: Gruesome incident highlights growing threat of 'mobocracy' in Kerala society
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Madhu Chindaki lynching: Gruesome incident highlights growing threat of 'mobocracy' in Kerala society

The recent mob lynching of a tribal youth Madhu Chindaki in Kerala has turned the focus on the increasing incidents of mobocracy in the state.

Dalit protests shake BJP's fort as rise in casteism challenges party's politics of Hindutva-laced nationalism
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Dalit protests shake BJP's fort as rise in casteism challenges party's politics of Hindutva-laced nationalism

If Dalits continue to clash with upper-caste Hindus, it would destroy its dream of a 'virat' Hindu 'parivar' that votes just for the BJP.

Madras HC directs Centre to ensure scheme to reduce dropout rates among SC, ST girls reaches all beneficiaries
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Madras HC directs Centre to ensure scheme to reduce dropout rates among SC, ST girls reaches all beneficiaries

The Madras High Court directed the Centre to ensure that an incentive scheme, that's aimed at reducing the dropout rate among girl students of SC and ST communities after Class VIII, reaches all the beneficiaries of Tamil Nadu

Hardik Patel's ultimatum to Congress: 'Take stand on Patidar quota before 3 November or face opposition in Gujarat polls'
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Hardik Patel's ultimatum to Congress: 'Take stand on Patidar quota before 3 November or face opposition in Gujarat polls'

Hardik Patel, who has put forward a set of demands before the Congress as a pre-condition for extending support to the party in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls

Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale calls for 25% reservation for sections included in other communities
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Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale calls for 25% reservation for sections included in other communities

Union minister Ramdas Athawale Monday favoured giving reservation to economically-backward sections among other communities (OCs) without "touching" the existing quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs

Casteist remarks on social media now punishable: What fighting online hate speech in India entails
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Casteist remarks on social media now punishable: What fighting online hate speech in India entails

The right to freedom of speech is not absolute and is subject to reasonable restrictions to prevent hate speech.

Kerala's Dalits continue to face discrimination despite state's advancement in social indices
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Kerala's Dalits continue to face discrimination despite state's advancement in social indices

The attitude is still the same — 'They are Dalits. Anything goes.' Kerala, with all its advancement in social indices, is still a horror world for a dalit

Delhi govt widens scope of MLA welfare fund for SC and ST communities
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Delhi govt widens scope of MLA welfare fund for SC and ST communities

The Delhi government has widened the scope of the developmental works that can be undertaken by MLAs using the SC/ST welfare fund.

Telangana Assembly passes bill to hike quota for economically backward Muslims amid ruckus; BJP MLAs suspended
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Telangana Assembly passes bill to hike quota for economically backward Muslims amid ruckus; BJP MLAs suspended

With all the five BJP members suspended for the day, the Telangana assembly on Sunday unanimously passed a bill to hike the reservation quota for backward Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) to 12 and 10 percent respectively.

Cabinet scraps NCBC, new panel for OBCs to have constitutional status; Opp'n cries foul
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Cabinet scraps NCBC, new panel for OBCs to have constitutional status; Opp'n cries foul

Meanwhile Opposition parties alleged that the move was a conspiracy to disband the OBC Commission, a charge vehemently denied by the government.

BHU tops list of caste based bias; parliamentarians concerned over uni imposing restrictions on students
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BHU tops list of caste based bias; parliamentarians concerned over uni imposing restrictions on students

As many as 102 complaints had been received related to discrimination against Scheduled Castes (SCs) while 40 such complaints had been received related to Scheduled Tribes (STs) by the UGC from various universities for the year 2015-16, the government said on Tuesday.

Maharashtra: Families await justice as cases under Atrocities Act get delayed due to govt negligence
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Maharashtra: Families await justice as cases under Atrocities Act get delayed due to govt negligence

The non-implementation of a clause in the Prevention of Atrocities (SC and St) Act that clearly directs the setting up of special designated courts for hearing cases registered under the Act has delayed judgment in several pending cases.

Silent protest march by Marathas in Amravati on Thursday demanding reservation
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Silent protest march by Marathas in Amravati on Thursday demanding reservation

Members of the Maratha community will take out a silent kranti morcha on Thursday demanding reservations in educational institutes and government jobs.

Dalit atrocities are part of our social fabric and they're here to stay
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Dalit atrocities are part of our social fabric and they're here to stay

The perpetrators of rape repeated it as a revenge for the audacity shown by the Dalit family to file a police case and refuse to accept a compromise.