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International Day for Persons with Disabilities: Despite schemes and benefits, social inclusion still a dream for many

Recently, a supplementary budget of ₹15 crores has been proposed for the completion of goals set for the empowerment of persons with disabilities by the department concerned.

While government schools adopt tools to ensure inclusive learning, inclusivity does not always translate into the real world. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 07:18 AM IST
BySreya Deb, Lucknow

Manipur govt lodges FIR against Kuki group leader for ‘self-rule’ comment

The case against Muan Tombing, general secretary of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), was registered at the Churachandpur police station on Thursday

Ethnic violence between Meiteis, who are in majority in Imphal Valley, and Kukis, who dominate several hill districts, since May have claimed as many as 178 lives and displaced 50,000 plus persons.
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 07:28 AM IST

Review: This is Salvaged by Vauhini Vara

The author’s new short story collection explores life’s familiar traumas of loss, loneliness, addiction and ageing

Many of the stories in Vauhini Vara’s new collection explore the female experiences of biological change, family relationships and loneliness. These are themes also prominent in the work of Mrinalini Mukherjee, whose sculpture Aranyani (1996) is pictured above. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 05:06 AM IST
BySharmistha Jha

‘Inclusion among OBCs may shrink Marathas’ share in reservations’

Experts warn that including Marathas among Other Backward Classes (OBC) in order to increase their reservations may actually harm the community. Currently, Marathas benefit the most from the quota for Economically Backward Sections (EWS), but if they are included among OBCs, their reservation share may decrease significantly. Some suggest that Marathas should instead insist on the EWS quota, as their claim of backwardness has been repeatedly rejected by previous commissions. Others argue that the demand for OBC inclusion is politically motivated and that Marathas' actual population is around 11%, not 32% as claimed.

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Updated on Nov 13, 2023 05:20 AM IST

Rift emerges over deadline as govt scrambles to resolve Maratha reservation issue

Differences have emerged between Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil and the Maharashtra government over the deadline for a decision on the issue of Maratha reservation. Jarange-Patil claims the government has given a written assurance that a decision will be made by December 24, while the government had said it had until January 2. The government has stated it will discuss with Jarange-Patil if more time is needed. The chief minister has held meetings with officials to implement promises to the Maratha community and expand the scope of a committee advising on the issue.

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Updated on Nov 04, 2023 06:30 AM IST
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