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Lalu Yadav, and the lone fight against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

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Shiva Thorat Among the many distractions and distortions the masses have been struggling with, recognising the politics of Lalu Prasad Yadav, the leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) has been a significant one. For 14 years, Lalu Yadav has been imprisoned for his involvement in the Fodder Scam. The complexities around conflicts between social groups, …

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In Solidarity with Scholar-Activist Prof Hany Babu

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KK Baburaj In my college days in Maharaja’s during the 80s, MT Harish was one of my closest friends. Now a professor in medical college, his home then in Punkunnam, Thrissur was a common hangout place for me during those days. During the time spent there we used to watch world classic cinemas from video …

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OBC Quota: Reservation without Accommodation

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  Raja Choudhary    Public universities and colleges in India have an insufficient number of hostels in India. Even so, the Government of India has no further plan for new hostels. As per the All India Survey of Higher Education (2015-16), there are 799 Universities, 39,071 Colleges, and 11,923 Stand Alone Institutions listed on AISHE …

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Our Father gave us the right to education which your forefathers denied us

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Manoj Meshram & Reena Dongre Songs have been a part of cultural existence not only for entertainment but also to express devotion to nature and gods and goddesses since time immemorial. Even as modern societies moved towards more influential media humans still find inspiration, motivation, entertainment and love through songs. Many songs, like the ones …

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‘I would differentiate between the Bahujan movement and Bahujan politics’: Prof Vivek Kumar

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  Round Table India Continued from here. This is the second part of the transcription of Round Table India’s interaction with Prof Vivek Kumar, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, for the Ambedkar Age series of films. In the interview, Prof Vivek Kumar …

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UP: Sangh Parivar’s Caste Engineering & the disappearance of liberal Hindutva block

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KK Baburaj  “Democracy is a process of becoming. It’s a promise. It’s in the name of that promise that we are able to question and criticize the existing form of democracy.”~ Derrida “Dalit-backward-minority unity” and “Political Power to Bahujan Samaj” were some of the slogans raised by Ambedkarite organisations during the Mandal-Masjid period. There were …

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Behind the Hardik Patel episode: Conspiracy to end reservations

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  Fakru Ahmed Bashu While there is uproar from backward classes and downtrodden strata of the society to strictly implement the constitutionally earmarked reservations, there is, on the other hand, a vicious attempt through some recent events to bring the reservation system to an end. Upper caste people with vested interests, who came out openly …

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The Importance of the SECC’s Caste Data, And Why the Government is Choosing To Sit On It

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  Surabhi Agarwal The Indian government recently released data from the socio-economic and caste census (SECC), 2011. The data mostly relates to incomes, standards of living and land-ownership patterns in rural India. However, this data is incomplete, and the most crucial aspects of the SECC, which relate to the caste composition of the Indian population, …