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Workplace discrimination: a young boy of the Dhobi caste washing clothes in Mumbai, India. Dhobis are part of the Dalit or ‘Untouchable’ caste. Alec Macdonald / Alamy Stock Photo

Caste in India: ‘blind recruitment’ for the civil service won’t fix the system

A recent report has recommended 'blind' recruitment for India's civil service to prevent caste discrimination. But this is unlikely to solve the problem of entrenched privilege.
Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia

The caste politics curse that India just can’t shake off

India is not able to do away with its caste politics. It has been apparent in the dramatic turn of Narendra Modi's regime to woo lower castes through multiple policy measures.
Be careful! In Uttar Pradesh, the cow trade is now almost wholly criminalised. Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

‘Cow economics’ are killing India’s working class

A crackdown on the beef and leather trades has put hundreds of thousands of Indian Muslims and Dalits out of work, vexing already-tense religious relations and hurting India's economy.

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