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Terms of Trade | How will proportionate reservation demand affect politics?

An extra-parliamentary political churning of the kind that existed pre-1990s is in the offing if, or rather, when the BJP takes a stand

Enumerator staff marks a house during the first phase of caste-based census in Bihar state at Chhajjubagh in Patna (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 09:50 AM IST

The stage is set for Mandal 2.0

Bihar caste survey will strengthen demand for caste census, give a second wind to OBC politics ahead of the 2024 elections

Officials release caste survey report in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Oct 03, 2023 03:13 PM IST
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Gandhiji on child marriages, dowry and untouchability

Gandhiji said there should be no possibility of child widows. He was averse to child marriage.

Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel at the AICC meeting in Mumbai. (HT File photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 03:57 PM IST

From the Archives: Mahatma Gandhi on how caste Hindus can help Harijans

Gandhiji said,"The first thing is for everyone to understand the implications of the removal of untouchability in his or her own life".

Mahatma Gandhi collecting donations for the Harijan Fund (Assam), circa 1945. Beginning the late 1930s, Gandhi was also signing his photographs for auctioning, so that money raised could be used for the Harijan movement. “Do rupiya ek bar”, he [Gandhi] would say, the floor price is two rupees,” writes Ramachandra Guha in ‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World.’ (National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 03:58 PM IST

‘Treat Harijans as your brothers’, Mahatma Gandhi's advice to students

One student said that as their fathers were government servants, they were afraid to join the anti-untouchability movement, not political work.

Mahatma Gandhi seen collecting funds for Harijans in Assam, January 1946. Assam was unsure about her own political future; the air was also thick with communal polarisation. When the British Cabinet Mission plan created a political imbroglio, Gandhi sided with Assam and asked the people to remain steadfast. ()(Courtesy: National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 04:14 PM IST
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