Gujarat’s ‘frontier’ districts at its remote margins may be the vanguards of change.
The 24-year-old Patidar quota stir leader asked people in Surat to not vote for the BJP, but for ‘a party that will be in a position to form a government’.
Though still important as a vote-bank, the politically fractured Patel-community may no longer be central to deciding who wins Gujarat.
The rows over JNU and Rohith Vemula have been missed opportunities for the Muslims of India to express their solidarity with other marginalised communities.
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Like dalits, large numbers of Muslims also suffer from background inequalities that impede the attainment of full citizenship rights. Why are these sections not candidates for affirmative action?
The Patels are privileged, but they are also convinced that their dominance is being thwarted by OBCs
Future historians may trace the political meltdown of Narendra Modi to the events this week in Ahmedabad and the rest of Gujarat
While Modi appeals for peace and business goes on as usual in Gujarat, an underlying current of tension prevails as people wonder when and how the Patidars are going to roll the dice next.
An unexpectedly popular movement led by a 21-year-old demanding caste-based reservation for the powerful Patels in Gujarat is unnerving the BJP, which has enjoyed the community’s unstinted support for decades