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COVID-19 and the failures of India’s healthcare system

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  Dr Manisha Bangar (Round Table India has been hosting a series of online talks by activists and thinkers on issues of importance to the Bahujan. This is the transcript of Dr Manisha Bangar’s talk on July 25th, 2020) Thank you so much for inviting me to give this very important talk, ‘COVID-19 and the failures …

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Economic criteria in reservation: An invitation to counter-revolution

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  Suresh Mane   Rahul Gaikwad: Sir, I would like to know, in the present context, the implications of 10% reservations that is being given to the upper castes and how this particular kind of reservation come about?   Dr. Mane: To understand the Reservation policy, one needs to have a comprehensive understanding. When I …

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Shahu Maharaj, the original champion of right to education

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  Ram Gaikwad Introduction Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj was the great king (1894–1922) of the princely state of Kolhapur of Maharashtra. Chh. Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj realized the importance of education for all. At present, the Government of India and state governments have adopted the same strategy of providing free primary education to all. But even …

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Rise of Modi and Anti-Muslim Politics: A Critical Reading of the Left

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K K Baburaj After hearing the news of BJP securing individual majority in parliament, I visited a friend of mine. His father, a retired teacher and a well-known leftist locally being an ex-leader of a left wing teachers’ association, started talking to me enthusiastically about the election results. “This result is a reply to the …

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Duddu Prabhakar: Dalit movement at a crossroads

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  Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes [In this interview Duddu Prabhakar, veteran Dalit rights activist and President of the ‘Kula Nirmoolana Porata Samithi’ (‘Struggle Committee for Eradication of Caste’, roughly), traces the history of the Dalit movement in Andhra Pradesh from Karamchedu in 1985 to Lakshimpeta in 2012, and says the movement now has to decide …

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Analyzing the ‘OBC-Minority’ Sub-Quota–Part II

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Khalid Anis Ansari Continued from here. [II] The Muslim Quota Debate The recent lower caste movements within the non-Hindu religions like Islam, Christianity and Sikhism have foregrounded the presence of caste-based differentiation and discrimination within these communities in the public sphere. As far as the Muslims are concerned the caste cleavages within them were duly …

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Analyzing the ‘OBC-Minority’ Sub-Quota

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  Khalid Anis Ansari [I] The recent announcement of a 4.5% sub-quota for backward sections within minorities in the overall Central OBC quota by the UPA government on 22nd December, 2011 in the wake of elections in five states, including the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, has drawn in a number of reactions, some valid …