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Why, Rahul Gandhi, The Adivasis’ Soldier Silent?

On August 26, 2010, the Congress leader and self-proclaimed soldier of the Adivasis, Rahul Gandhi visited to Niyamgiri in Orissa just two days after the Indian government denied clearance to the Vedanta Resource's Rs.4500 crore bauxite mining project in Niyamgiri Hills.While addressing to a rally of 3000 colourfully dressed Dongria Kondh and other Adivasis at Jagannathpur village who have been fighting to save their holy mountain he said, "I am your soldier in Delhi.

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Caste’ing Live Chitradurga’s Madigas And Nayakas

Caste in India is a terrible thing. It can surface anywhere in a weirdest manner and forms. In the Chitradurga district of Karnataka, famed for the rule of Nayakas, the chieftain whose descendents have strangely found a place in the schedule for Tribes, prepared by the independent India to do them social justice, it still survives in its pristine glory. Nayakas, who in no way reflect their regal connection today however have a complex of being the rulers of the region for over two centuries after the fall of Vijayanagara empire and until Hyder Ali dislodged them in 1779.

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Dalit killed for plucking two brinjals in Bihar village

Patna : A Dalit man was beaten to death for plucking two brinjals from a field belonging to a landowner of a higher caste in a village in Bihar, police said Wednesday.To escape the clutches of law, the landowner later offered the grieving Dalit family Rs.75,000 and a piece of land. The family turned down the offer.

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National Conference on Movements for Equity in Reservations

Conference on: February 21-22, 2011, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The process of identification, classification and grouping of castes and tribes in India has become contentious due to self-perceived incongruity between socio-ritual and politico-economic statuses of various castes and tribes. This is increasingly manifesting in the recent times with some castes and tribes demanding a re-classification into an entirely different group or sub-classification within the group for intra group political equality, socio-economic mobility, as an assertion of identity and also to avail reservation benefits equitably.

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Justice at last for Dalits

MYSORE: After a long wait of 17 years, justice was delivered to dalits of Badanawalu village of Nanjangud taluk where three community members were killed by a mob following a row over puja at a village temple. Sixth additional sessions judge L Malvalli convicted Suresh and 19 others. The sentence will be pronounced on October 30 or November 2. Though the chargesheet was filed against 23, three died during the prolonged trial.

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Punia to visit UP, ‘Dalit atrocities’ on agenda

Mayawati government's performance in curbing atrocities on Dalits, utilisation of funds meant for SCs from the special component plan and filling of reservation backlog are some of the issues the National Commission for Scheduled Castes will take up when its chairman PL Punia visits UP next week.

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Haryana govt sanctions Rs 192 cr for education

Chandigarh: The Haryana government has earmarked a sum of Rs 192.18 crore for various educational schemes—launched for the students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes-A and families living below poverty line—during the current financial year.

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