Empirical evidence don’t seem to be enough to convince some people of the need for a caste census. Their unwillingness to see any usefulness in a caste census is the result of their increasing fear that the release of the figures may officially give the seal of approval to the views that the upper castes, despite being in minority, continue to appropriate the overwhelming share of resources.
Syed Mohammad Raghib and Abhay Kumar sat with JNU professor Akhlaque Ahan last week to grasp the complexities of situations, following aggressive campaigns to polarise society and saffronise Indian history and culture.
Abhay Kumar sat with this sixty-one year scholar at his Patna residence to understand complexities of the Bihar polls. Following are excerpts from this interview which was conducted before the counting of the polls.
Not many political leaders of the 20th century have changed the landscape of Indian politics as much as Kanshi Ram, a true mass leader. Born in a Ramdasia Chamar family in rural Punjab, he fought throughout his life to politically empower the most deprived sections of society. Among his many achievements, “Manyawar”, as he was popularly …
Suddenly the crowd began to stir and then flutter. This was the signal for us that our long wait for Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD president, finally came to an end. Amid the cheers of people, Lalu on Wednesday walked to the venue of the rally on Katra crossing’s ground in Mahua constituency from where his son Tej Pratap Yadav is making a debut.
An Interview with Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, General Secretary of Imarat-e Shariah Bihar & Orissa