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Why are we afraid of the caste census?

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  Bhanwar Meghwanshi The entire debate is centred on removing the caste column in the census questionnaire while the real problem is caste itself. Why is no one talking about annihilating caste? Caste census:Crucial for identification of weakers sections of society. Photo: AP In rural India, even today, the first words uttered by way of …

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Slips between the cup and the lip: The sorry state of reservation in Central Universities

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  Hany Babu M.T. A massive recruitment exercise is just about to get under way at the University of Delhi. The University has recently advertized for 665 teaching positions with the break up as follows: Professor: 99, Associate Professor: 206, and Assistant Professor: 360. This round of recruitment, however, raises a grave concern with respect …

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A sure way to produce Dalit dropouts

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  Udit Raj & Hany Babu The article in The Hindu by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, on the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in the University of Delhi (Op-Ed, “Drop the rhetoric, start the debate,” June 1, 2013) raises certain important issues. The multiple exit points could become traps for …

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Caste-based discrimination a major structural factor underlying poverty: UN

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  Continued plight of the ‘untouchables’ UN experts call for strengthened protection of more than 260 million victims of caste-based discrimination GENEVA (24 May 2013) – They occupy the lowest levels of strict, hierarchical caste systems founded on notions of purity, pollution and inequality. They face marginalization, social and economic exclusion, segregation in housing, limited …

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Dalit women on intersections of violence and discrimination at the Human Rights Council

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Dalit women on intersections of violence and discrimination at HRC 23 in the UN ~ Side event at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council  “Dalit Women: Working Together Towards The Elimination OfMultiple And Intersecting Forms Of Discrimination And ViolenceBased On Gender And Caste” On 4 June 2013, 14:30-16:30, Room VIII, 3rd floor …

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European Parliament adopts historic resolution on Dalits

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  International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) Press release A strongly worded resolution on caste discrimination in India was debated and adopted today by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Parliament condemned the high number of atrocities committed against Dalits in India and the Indian government’s insufficient action on the issue of caste discrimination. Copenhagen (IDSN), …

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Demand for an open PhD admission notification in University of Hyderabad

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  Letter (dated 8th November, 2012) from the ‘Joint Action Committee for the Protection of Reservation’ to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad [Via Arun Asokan] (Please read this article ‘Non-Implementation of Reservation policy in University of Hyderabad: A Report‘ published on 27th November, 2012, for comprehensive information on the implementation of quotas in the university) …