‘Speculative figures promote dangerous casteism’

Professor Amitabh Kundu says that the last time we had a caste census was almost a century ago and it’s high time the government based its programmes and quotas on recent robust and comparable data

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Data under guard

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.

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Ambedkar vs Gandhi: Machinery – boon or bane?

How Ambedkar dismantled Gandhi’s naïve idea of a machine-free society

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Religious Identity has never been a barrier for acquiring knowledge in India’

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.

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Bihar rejects politics of hate

At the end of the day when the dust settled, the final result clearly gave a two-thirds majority to JD-U-RJD-Congress-led Grand Alliance which won as many as 178 seats out of 243, while the BJP-led NDA bit the dust, winning mere 58 seats.

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‘Lalu is the biggest hero of social empowerment in Bihar’: Srikant

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.

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बाथे की नजर से बिहार चुनाव

दलितों और पिछड़ों ने ऊँची जातियों के हाथों बहुत कुछ भोगा है परंतु वोट के मामले में वे अब भी बंटे हुए हैं

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Kanshi Ram: Leader of the masses

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 …

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Bihar polls: Lalu’s show at son’s turf

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.

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90 percent of Muslims are supporting JD-U, RJD-Congress-led Grand Alliance: Imarat-e Shariah

An Interview with Maulana Anisur Rahman Qasmi, General Secretary of Imarat-e Shariah Bihar & Orissa

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