Caste

  • 'Game of Thrones' announces new cast members for season five 4 days ago

    Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the highlights of the annual gathering of entertainment enthusiasts, with the introduction of new characters to supplant the deceased for season five. The fantasy drama set on fictional continents has become the most-watched...
  • ICHR chief says caste system worked well in ancient times, sparks a debate July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The appointment of the new Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) chief Professor Y Sudershan Rao has triggered a debate. In a blog written in 2007 on the caste system, Rao had said that the caste system has been misinterpreted as an exploitative social system and that it...
  • Watch: Shah Rukh Khan as Ironman, Salman as Hulk, Priyanka Chopra as Black Widow? Who would play whom if 'The Avengers' was made in India July 14, 2014

    Go on, admit it. You have stayed up nights worrying if we are prepared enough when Marvel Studios finally decides to cast for an Indian version of The Avengers. This video sort of sums up the Avengers India cast if the film was made in Bollywood. Shah Rukh Khan will play...
  • CPM asks Centre to allocate funds for SC sub plan July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: CPM on Saturday asked the Centre to allocate funds for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) equivalent to the population proportion of the SCs in the country. Stating that the Census 2011 had pegged the Scheduled Castes population at 16.6 per cent of the total population of the country, CPM...
  • NRI activist wants Centre to banish caste system June 26, 2014

    Kolkata: A Dubai-based Indian lawyer-activist, on a pan-Indian mission to abolish the caste system and who has served notice to the Centre, claimed on Thursday that the government would act on his plea by the end of this calendar year. NRI activist K.K. Sarachandra Bose, who originally hails from Kerala, has...
  • Inter-caste marriage by son costs priest his job in Tamil Nadu June 23, 2014

    Namakkal: A temple priest was sacked after his son married a woman belonging to a community of another caste, which was in opposition to the alliance, in Kumarapalayam near Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. The priest of the temple in Kumarapalayam administered by Senkuthur Trust, in which the woman's community members has stake,...
  • UN rights chief calls time on caste-based sex attacks June 18, 2014

    Geneva: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice. "Women from stigmatised castes suffer the double assault of caste-based and gender-based discrimination," Pillay said on the sidelines of a session of the UN Human Rights Council....
  • DU's St.Stephen's College sets cut-off at 98 per cent June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The cut-off for admissions to the four-year undergraduate economics and English programmes for students with commerce background in Delhi University's St.Stephen's College has been set at 98 per cent, according to figures released by the college today. "This cut-off set is determined on the basis of the marks scored...
  • Karnataka CM gives Rs 2 extra subsidy to SC, ST milk producers, angers many June 17, 2014

    Bangalore: It seems Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah does not think that all farmers and villagers are equal. He thinks that poor among some castes are more equal than the others. Siddaramaiah, who openly practises the AHINDA (minorities, other backward classes and Dalits) brand of politics, has gone a step further....
  • News 360: BCCI suspends RCA over Lalit Modi's election as its president May 6, 2014

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) following the election of ousted Lalit Modi as the association's president. In an interview to CNN-IBN, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said that the board has suspended RCA and will now appoint a committee...
  • A Billion Votes: Modi plays caste card, says abuse me but not my community May 6, 2014

    As the Lok Sabha elections enter the last two laps, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has left the development agenda and played out the caste card. At a rally in Domariyaganj, Uttar Pradesh, Modi hit out at his political rivals accusing them of targeting him over his...
  • Watch: Why is BJP playing caste card in eastern UP? May 6, 2014

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi played the caste card just before the two laps of the Lok Sabha elections. The caste remark assumes significance as the BJP is trying to woo BSP and SP cadres ahead of the last two phases that will cover the eastern Uttar Pradesh. In...
  • Narendra Modi plays caste card, says abuse me but not my community May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Lok Sabha elections enter the last two laps, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has left the development agenda and played out the caste card. At a rally in Domariyaganj, Uttar Pradesh, Modi hit out at his political rivals accusing them of targeting him...
  • I'm being targeted because I belong to a lower caste: Narendra Modi May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The war of words between BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress campaigner Priyanka Gandhi has gotten shriller with Modi now using the caste card. A day after Priyanka accused Modi of insulting her father Rajiv Gandhi during an election rally in Amethi, Modi hit back saying...
  • Caste clashes lead to mass exodus of Dalits from Noida village April 30, 2014

    Noida: Over a 100 members of Dalit community in a Noida village were allegedly forced to leave due to the high handedness of some people belonging to the Gujjar community. It is being reported that the Gujjars, an upper caste in North India used bulldozers and earth moving machines to...
  • Karnataka: Refusing food to non-Brahmins at temple kicks off a row April 23, 2014

    Udupi: The 800-year-old Sri Krishna temple at Udupi in Karnataka is in the news for all the wrong reasons. The seat of 'Madhva' tradition (a part of Vaishnava tradition) strictly follows the caste system even today. Non-Brahmins are not allowed to eat with the Brahmins at temple's dining area where...
  • Watch: 'Lion King' cast breaks into impromptu singing of 'Circle of Life' on a plane April 8, 2014

    Australian cast member Toni Stewart captured this amazing impromptu 'Circle of Life' performance on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. The cast had just had an amazing day at Brisbane season launch announcement. ...
  • Honour killing: Parents murder girl for marrying her boyfriend, arrested March 24, 2014

    Hyderabad: In an alleged case of honour killing in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur, a 26-year-old techie was allegedly killed by her parents on Sunday. The woman had married her boyfriend, who belongs to a different community, in Hyderabad last week. Police arrested the accused who later confessed to committing the crime during...
  • Pooja Bhatt warns against 'casting agent' misusing her name March 22, 2014

    Mumbai: Pooja Bhatt was left aghast Saturday morning. A woman knocked at her door for a meeting fixed by a "casting agent", who the actress-filmmaker conjectures is "masquerading" as her on online social networking platform to exploit young Bollywood aspirants. "A young lady and Bollywood hopeful arrived at my house at...
  • Man beaten to death over alleged 'love affair' March 20, 2014

    A 22-year-old man was beaten to death, on Thursday, at a "jan adalat" (people's court) after he was found allegedly in a love with a girl from a different caste, sources said. According to reports given by the sources, Santosh Pandey was brutally beaten up at Narah village under Nawadih police...
  • Does Ambedkar's philosophy need an updated champion? March 19, 2014

    While it is normal for Arundhati Roy's views to be questioned and criticised, it is not often that one finds her self-perceived role as mediator on certain matters questioned at a fundamental level. That this has happened in relation to a long-ago ideological duel between Ambedkar and Gandhi makes it...
  • HC stays UP government order including 'Kumhar' caste under SCs March 5, 2014

    Allahabad High Court on Wednesday stayed an order passed by the Uttar Pradesh government two months ago in which 'Kumhar' caste was included in the Scheduled Castes. A Division Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Satish Chandra passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation challenging the Government Order dated...
  • Congress stages walkout from Chattisgarh Assembly over rape of minor tribal girls February 20, 2014

    Opposition Congress on Thursday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly while accusing the state government of its "failure" to ensure security of girl inmates of the state-run residential schools and hostels. Congress MLA Shankar Dhruva raised the issue of the rape of minor tribal girls in a government-run residential school at Jhaliyamari Village in Kanker...
  • Modi woos backward castes, says he's a victim of untouchability February 9, 2014

    Kochi: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday tried to woo Dalits and other backward castes in Kerala and hit out at the UPA for considering Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission report suggesting reservation for minorities. While addressing a meeting of backward castes in Kerala, Modi invoked Dr BR Ambedkar...
  • News 360: Caste-based quota stays, says Sonia Gandhi February 5, 2014

    The Congress has distanced itself from party leader Janardhan Dwivedi's statement on OBC quota. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has issued a statement affirming the Congress's commitment to caste-based quota. ...
  • No change in government policy in reservation on caste: Rajeev Shukla February 5, 2014

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajeev Shukla said that there is no such proposal from the government over reservation on the basis of caste. "We will continue with existing reservation," he said. ...
  • BSP chief Mayawati hits out at Congress for opposing caste based quota February 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Slamming senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi for his statement against caste-based reservations, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday demanded that the party must make its stand clear on the issue. "A senior Congress leader has given a statement on reservation, this can't be an individual's opinion, but the party's stand....
  • Cabinet likely to discuss inclusion of 60 castes in OBC list tomorrow January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to take up on Thursday the issue of inclusion of about 60 castes from 13 states and Union Territories in the central list of OBCs. In the event of the Cabinet clearing the proposal by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, people hailing from...
  • The surprise Oscar snubs of 2014: 'The Butler', Tom Hanks, Woody Allen, Spike Jonze January 17, 2014

    Los Angeles: 'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' were the big scorers with 10 total nods each at the Oscar nominations this year but Lee Daniels' much acclaiamed 'The Butler' failed to find a place in the coveted list of the 86th Academy Awards. Tom Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, was looking to...
  • RK Singh targeting Shinde as he's a Dalit: SC/ST panel Vice Chairman January 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Scheduled Caste Commission Vice Chairman Dr Raj Kumar Virka has said that action must be taken against Former Home Secretary RK Singh for making allegations against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Virka has accused RK Singh of targeting Shinde for being a Dalit and violating the Official Secrets...