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The Mandal moment

It empowered. But it also opened a Pandora’s box
The Mandal moment saw ferocious backlash by sections of upper castes. This opposition was articulated on two axes — the fact that reservations compromised merit, and if at all reservations should open up beyond what was offered to Scheduled Castes and Tribes, it should be on economic lines(HTPHOTO)
The Mandal moment saw ferocious backlash by sections of upper castes. This opposition was articulated on two axes — the fact that reservations compromised merit, and if at all reservations should open up beyond what was offered to Scheduled Castes and Tribes, it should be on economic lines(HTPHOTO)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 06:11 AM IST
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It is time to review India’s reservations architecture | HT editorial

Dalits and tribals must continue to get representation. But the system is broken
Even as the representation of Dalits and tribals in Parliament is assured, it is time to debate the rationale and record of ever-expanding reservations(REUTERS)
Even as the representation of Dalits and tribals in Parliament is assured, it is time to debate the rationale and record of ever-expanding reservations(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 07:35 PM IST
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Will be forced to take different step if BJP ignores me: Eknath Khadse

Khadse’s statement comes amid speculations that he is in touch with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders. Khadse, however, has refused to comment on the matter.
Eknath Khadse warned that he would be compelled to take a “different step” if the party leadership does not pay heed to his grievances.(HT Photo)
Eknath Khadse warned that he would be compelled to take a “different step” if the party leadership does not pay heed to his grievances.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2019 05:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySurendra Gangan, Mumbai

OBC groom forced off horse, wedding procession attacked by upper caste men in Madhya Pradesh

Agar Malwa’s additional superintendent of police, Pradeep Patel, said they have registered a case against 12 people for rioting, confining persons, damaging property and attacking people. They have arrested four people out of the 12.
A Other Backward Class (OBC) groom was beaten up and his wedding procession attacked by upper caste men in a village in Agar Malwa. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A Other Backward Class (OBC) groom was beaten up and his wedding procession attacked by upper caste men in a village in Agar Malwa. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 02, 2019 05:25 PM IST
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Bhopal/Agar Malwa | ByPramod Carpenter

Punjab chief secretary to probe reduction of teachers’ salaries

The commission has given 15 days to the chief secretary to collect data and submit the action report.
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Updated on Nov 25, 2019 10:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Patiala

Education to assets: The profile of Haryana House

While the profiles of the elected candidates is not very different from those elected in the 2014 assembly elections, we observed a few changes, particularly with respect to age and experience of the elected MLAs.
Congress supporters celebrate the results in Karnal on Thursday.(PTI)
Congress supporters celebrate the results in Karnal on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2019 03:18 AM IST
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New Delhi | BySaloni Bhogale, Basim Nissa, and Mohit Kumar

Committee set up to revisit criteria for creamy layer submits report

Income ceiling is the threshold over which OBC candidates would be barred from caste-based reservation in government jobs and admission to government- funded educational institutions.
According to people aware of the development, the report has suggested ways to make the process of determining creamy layer non-discriminatory and legally sound.(HT file photo)
According to people aware of the development, the report has suggested ways to make the process of determining creamy layer non-discriminatory and legally sound.(HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 01:36 AM IST
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Four reasons why Nitish Kumar is taunting BJP in Jharkhand

Nitish virtually took digs at the BJP, which has ruled the state for maximum period, and said the state carved out of undivided Bihar has not progressed the way it was expected to. He taunted the BJP government saying people from Bihar, where prohibition is in force, come to Jharkhand for liquor.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar(HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2019 09:03 AM IST
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Census 2021: Count OBCs as a separate category | Analysis

It will provide information about their numbers, economic status, and could be the basis for a 3rd OBC commission
India’s decennial census collects data on SCs and STs. If an OBC census is conducted on similar lines, a wealth of information will be available about those communities too(HT PHOTO)
India’s decennial census collects data on SCs and STs. If an OBC census is conducted on similar lines, a wealth of information will be available about those communities too(HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 05, 2019 08:35 PM IST
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ByTejas Harad

Madhya Pradesh assembly raises OBC reservation in govt jobs to 27%

Madhya Pradesh, till today, had quota in government jobs capped at 50% -- 14% for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 16% for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 20% for Scheduled Tribes (STs)—in line with Supreme Court’s 1992 guidelines.
Madhya Pradesh assembly has unanimously raised the reservation enjoyed by the other backward classes (OBC) in government jobs to 27% from the existing 14%.(Photo PTI)
Madhya Pradesh assembly has unanimously raised the reservation enjoyed by the other backward classes (OBC) in government jobs to 27% from the existing 14%.(Photo PTI)
Updated on Jul 23, 2019 08:36 PM IST
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Debate over Uttar Pradesh move to add 17 OBC castes in SC list

The ministry, which is the nodal ministry for issues related to SCs, Scheduled Tribes (STs) and OBCs, is yet to formally take up the issue with the state’s Yogi Adityanath government.
The official added a caste or community can be declared SC if it faces extreme social, educational and economic backwardness arising out of traditional practice of untouchability.(PTI File Photo)
The official added a caste or community can be declared SC if it faces extreme social, educational and economic backwardness arising out of traditional practice of untouchability.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2019 08:47 AM IST
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‘B team’ barb: Prakash Ambedkar slams Congress

In the recent Lok Sabha polls, the presence of VBA candidates led to defeat of the Congress-NCP in nine seats, as the anti-BJP votes got split between them.
If the VBA goes solo once again, there are chances it could damage the Congress-NCP’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly polls too.(HT Photo)
If the VBA goes solo once again, there are chances it could damage the Congress-NCP’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly polls too.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2019 02:38 AM IST
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The failure of the BSP-SP alliance is not about vote transfers

It’s not their inability to transfer votes that resulted in their poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections; the two, in fact, did manage to transfer their votes to each other though the degree varied. The reasons for the alliance’s dismal performance lie somewhere else
The reason for the break up of the BSP-SP alliance ((ANI)
The reason for the break up of the BSP-SP alliance ((ANI)
Published on Jun 12, 2019 07:59 PM IST
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BySanjay Kumar

Panel may recommend splitting 27% OBC quota into three bands

The next census, in 2021, is slated to count OBCs for the first time in 90 years. The commission, headed by former high court chief justice G Rohini, is giving the finishing touches to its report that will be submitted next month.
A key government panel is likely to recommend radical changes to how the 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is implemented in India for jobs and education, according to people familiar with the matter.(Kunal Patil/HT File Photo)
A key government panel is likely to recommend radical changes to how the 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is implemented in India for jobs and education, according to people familiar with the matter.(Kunal Patil/HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 31, 2019 02:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

SC-ST students fall behind national average on NEET pass percentage

Students from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes did not feature in the top 50 candidates across India and also lagged behind in the pass percentage recorded.
All India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) topper Nalin Khandelwal celebrates with his parents after the declaration of results in Jaipur.(PTI)
All India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) topper Nalin Khandelwal celebrates with his parents after the declaration of results in Jaipur.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 06, 2019 02:01 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Vote transfer big challenge before Bihar Oppn alliance

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) founder Jitan Ram Manjhi, Congress leader Ahmed Patel, AICC Bihar in charge Shaktisinh Gohil, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and other Mahagathbandhan leaders after joining the grand alliance during a press conference, at All India Congress Committee office (AICC), in New Delhi, on Thursday, December 20, 2018.(HT Photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) founder Jitan Ram Manjhi, Congress leader Ahmed Patel, AICC Bihar in charge Shaktisinh Gohil, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and other Mahagathbandhan leaders after joining the grand alliance during a press conference, at All India Congress Committee office (AICC), in New Delhi, on Thursday, December 20, 2018.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2019 01:14 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Alliance arithmetic may make it difficult for BJP to repeat 2014 feat

The outcome in this region will largely depend on caste alignments, particularly of the Other Backward Classes and the Dalits. The BJP has not fielded its sitting MPs in three (Etawah, Hardoi and Misrikh) out of four reserved seats. In all, the BJP has changed six candidates in the 13 seats that will be voting.
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 03:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kanpur | ByHT Correspondent

Lok Sabha elections 2019: With turncoats from Congress, BJP looks to regain ground in Saurashtra

The BJP is hoping the induction of top Congress leaders would help it regain lost ground in Saurashtra, which has seven out of Gujarat’s 26 Lok Sabha seats.
Four-time lawmaker Jawahar Chavda won a cabinet berth after he quit the Congress a month ago to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat.(AFP)
Four-time lawmaker Jawahar Chavda won a cabinet berth after he quit the Congress a month ago to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 20, 2019 09:09 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Uneasy calm in Muzaffarnagar village marked by 2013 riots

In August 2013, members of the Jat community of nearby Malikpura village, around 4 km from Kawal, allegedly killed Shahnawaz, a Muslim youth, after an altercation. In retaliation, a mob from Kawal killed two Jats – Sachin and his cousin, Gaurav. This sparked the violence.
Mohammad Saleem, father of Shahnawaz, who was allegedly killed by members of Jat Community in 2013 in Muzaffarnagar village(Hindustan Times)
Mohammad Saleem, father of Shahnawaz, who was allegedly killed by members of Jat Community in 2013 in Muzaffarnagar village(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 12, 2019 08:18 PM IST
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Muzaffarnagar | ByAnisha Dutta

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Why caste numbers can mislead poll predictions

One of the hazards associated with using socioreligious population figures to predict electoral outcomes is their variation, both in numbers and other attributes, across the country.
A polling official marks a voter with indelible ink prior to casting a ballot inside a polling station at Bungthuam in Mizoram.(AFP File Photo)
A polling official marks a voter with indelible ink prior to casting a ballot inside a polling station at Bungthuam in Mizoram.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2019 09:20 AM IST
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Maratha quota: Earlier panels relied on 1931 census, High Court told

Arguing for Akhil Maratha Mahasangh, advocate Vineet Naik told a bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre that the Mandal Commission had erred in terming Marathas a forward class.
Arguing for Akhil Maratha Mahasangh, advocate Vineet Naik told a bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre that the Mandal Commission had erred in terming Marathas a forward class.(Bidesh Manna/HT photo)
Arguing for Akhil Maratha Mahasangh, advocate Vineet Naik told a bench of justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre that the Mandal Commission had erred in terming Marathas a forward class.(Bidesh Manna/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 04:33 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByKAY Dodhiya

Maratha quota panel report scientific, accurate: HC told

The Gaikwad commission report, which became the basis to grant 16% reservation to Marathas under the socially and educationally backward class (SEBC) category, was accurate, scientific and much-needed, petitioners arguing in support of the quota told the Bombay high court (HC) on Wednesday.
According to the petitioners, the state deemed it necessary to have a separate survey for the community, as the previous commissions’ reports were not castebased and made only a passing reference to Marathas.(AFP)
According to the petitioners, the state deemed it necessary to have a separate survey for the community, as the previous commissions’ reports were not castebased and made only a passing reference to Marathas.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 14, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByK A Y Dodhiya

The ordinance on teacher quota seems aimed at vote banks

The uncertainty which the ruling party now faces is whether the gains of the EWS quota would be nullified by the ordinance to prevent a reduction in reserved jobs in higher educational institutions by the central government
It is clear that the move by the ruling coalition is aimed at pre-empting any anger among the Other Backward Class, the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribe voters before the general elections(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
It is clear that the move by the ruling coalition is aimed at pre-empting any anger among the Other Backward Class, the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribe voters before the general elections(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2019 09:28 AM IST
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OBCs to hold march on first day of Maha session on Feb 25

The organisers of the protest are also opposing any probable move on part of the state government to induct Marathas into the OBC category.
The OBC VJNT Sangharsh Samiti has decided to take out the ‘Elgaar Morcha’ from Byculla in south Mumbai to Azad Maidan, on Monday, Samiti convener Chandrakant Bavkar announced Friday.(Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)
The OBC VJNT Sangharsh Samiti has decided to take out the ‘Elgaar Morcha’ from Byculla in south Mumbai to Azad Maidan, on Monday, Samiti convener Chandrakant Bavkar announced Friday.(Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 23, 2019 12:15 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India

After five extensions, OBC panel to miss deadline again

The panel was set up in 2017 to look into an “equitable distribution” of OBC reservation benefits.
The panel was set up in 2017 to look into an “equitable distribution” of OBC reservation benefits.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The panel was set up in 2017 to look into an “equitable distribution” of OBC reservation benefits.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 06, 2019 11:44 PM IST
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Budget: OBC farmers may benefit most from Centre’s agriculture scheme

An HT analysis of a 2013 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on Household Ownership and Operational Holdings in India shows that farmers from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category could be the biggest beneficiaries of this scheme.
An HT analysis of a 2013 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on Household Ownership and Operational Holdings in India shows that farmers from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category could be the biggest beneficiaries of this scheme.(HT PHOTO)
An HT analysis of a 2013 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on Household Ownership and Operational Holdings in India shows that farmers from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category could be the biggest beneficiaries of this scheme.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 02, 2019 02:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha

Modi govt okays 10% quota in general category. Here’s who will benefit

The Narendra Modi government is ready with a bill to introduce 10 per cent reservation for economically backward sections. The constitution amendment bill will be introduced in parliament tomorrow, the last day of the Winter Session.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public rally, in Ghazipur on December 29.(File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public rally, in Ghazipur on December 29.(File Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 08:37 PM IST
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BJP looks beyond ex-CM to pick LoP in Chhattisgarh

First, BJP strategists believe that a shift of backward communities towards the Congress led to its crushing defeat in Chhattisgarh.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership is weighing its options and looking beyond former chief minister Raman Singh to pick the leader of the opposition in Chhattisgarh.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership is weighing its options and looking beyond former chief minister Raman Singh to pick the leader of the opposition in Chhattisgarh.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 30, 2018 08:35 AM IST
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New Delhi/Raipur | ByKumar Uttam & Ritesh Mishra

Make backward panel report public: High court tells Maharashtra government

The state government has given an undertaking to the HC that it will not make any appointments under the 16% reservation carved out by the government for the Maratha community
The court has directed the state to give the commission’s report to the petitioners after removing sensitive portions, so that they can file their replies.(HT PHOTO)
The court has directed the state to give the commission’s report to the petitioners after removing sensitive portions, so that they can file their replies.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 20, 2018 12:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByK A Y Dodhiya, Mumbai

Maratha quota: Maharashtra yet to finalise percentage; session ends on Friday

A senior minister, who did not wish to be named, said the government is looking at three options – 12, 14 and 16%.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis(PTI)
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis(PTI)
Updated on Nov 29, 2018 07:56 AM IST
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