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Extremely Backward Castes: Key to the Chair in Uttar Pradesh

Omprakash Mahato Right wing reliance on conventional politics in Uttar Pradesh Political gimmicks of political actors have certainly moulded the preferences of the voters in the past and continue to do so. With ongoing state assembly elections in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, parties across the spectrum have come up with their manifestoes …

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Poverty of Philosophy within Liberals in Understanding Anti-Caste Politics

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  Omprakash Mahato There are social scientists who develop their views on caste through textual means, attending conferences and seminars, observing society from a distance etc. While reading textbooks is the conventional way, some scholars tend to develop their ‘theories’ from watching Bollywood movies, reading newspapers,viewing newsroom studios debates, discussing and debating with research scholars …

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The Failure of Secularism with the Rise of ‘I’ Politics

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Omprakash Mahato Whatever is the approach of politics, politics has to have concerns with the problem of ends; the goals of the just society; the governing means should be in such a manner as to realise the good society. The key concern of politics is with power, the way it is shared through recognition and …

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Nation and its Imagination: Aftermath of the Pulwama Attack

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  Omprakash Mahato The unfortunate attack on CRPF bus by a suicide bomber in Pulwama, causing the death of 42 soldiers and many causalities has shocked not only the people of the country but all the peace-loving people of the world. This act has been strongly condemned by 48 countries and all the political parties. …

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Beyond Conventional Political Binaries

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  Omprakash Mahato Yashwant Sinha, in the ‘United India Opposition Rally’ held in West Bengal on 19 january 2019, stated that the coming together of opposition parties is not to defeat ‘one person’. It is a fight between two ideologies. The ideologies that will uphold the constitutional ethos; that will protect secularism from the religious …

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The 124th Amendment and the Politics of Retrieving Slipping Votes

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  Omprakash Mahato With the Lok Sabha elections approaching closer, one can observe different political parties indulging in lot of political gimmicks and electoral gambling. These electoral gimmicks and vote bank politics are not limited to a specific political party, it is rather a general political rhetoric that has evolved as a trend ahead of …