The belief that there is a higher probability of lower caste leaders acquiring disproportionate assets is more likely a myth than a reality.
A National Institute of Nutrition survey has found that in an urban sample, 32.4% of SC and 32.6% of ST boys under five were underweight, compared to 25.8% of OBCs and 21% of others.
Organic farming has doubled the crop yield and increased tribal farmers’ profit margins, helping relieve their previous debts.
With its 4.4 billion inhabitants, Asia is, in fact, one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world.
Instead of evicting forest-dwelling communities for engaging in traditional activities in protected areas and reserved forests, the government should use them for co-management.
There is no law prescribing reservation for general category candidates in public employment and therefore there’s no question of reserved category candidates being selected against “their seats”.
Since coming into effect 21 years ago, PESA has been grossly misused and underutilised, disenfranchising Adivasi communities all over the country.
A large amount of the already inadequate budgeted expenditure is on non-targeted schemes, which are barely useful for the development of SC/ST communities.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Members of nomadic and denotified tribes are required to produce address proof from 1961 to obtain a caste certificates, without which they cannot avail the benefits of government schemes.
The absence of explicit mechanisms for student input in the draft document implies there is no clear plan of prioritising those that the higher education system is meant to serve.
Data demonstrate that discrimination against the SCs and STs in education, employment and property ownership continues despite affirmative action policies.
Ajit Jogi’s Uncertain Future in Congress Marks a Shift Away from Pro-Adivasi Politics in Chhattisgarh
His threat to float a new party reflects the larger malaise afflicting the Congress, which appears unlikely to be able to prop up new regional leaderships –something the BJP has done with great success.
At the core of a democracy is the idea that a person has the opportunity to represent her fellow citizens and exercise power on their behalf.
If a community qualifies as a Scheduled Tribe, it ought to be recognised by the Tribal Affairs ministry in the normal course; not as a point to settle with a group of gun-wielding youth