UPPER CASTE

  • NHRC issues notice to Haryana over assault of Dalit boy May 22, 2013

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday sought a response from Haryana's director general of police and Kaithal police chief following media reports that a Dalit boy was assaulted by a man who was part of a group which had attacked Dalits earlier as well. The apex...
  • Mayawati announces 36 names for Lok Sabha elections April 18, 2013

    Lucknow: With an eye on upper caste vote bank, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday announced names of 36 candidates for Lok Sabha polls, 18 of whom are Brahmins. Seeking to exploit the upper caste card to the hilt, she alleged atrocities were being committed on such people during the Samajwadi...
  • Odisha: School teacher fights for barbers' rights March 2, 2012

    Puri: It was a shameful tradition. In the name of 'Bartan', 5 lakh barber families of Odisha were forced to wash the feet of the upper caste members during marriages. But Baghambar Patnaik, a retired school teacher, spoke out against this evil practice. Homecoming is the only thing that the barber...
  • UPA recommends quota for upper caste poor July 23, 2010

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls later this year, the Congressled UPA has played an upper cast card. The report of the National Commission for Economically Backward Classes has been submitted to the central government. The Commission has recommended that economically weaker classes among the upper cast may be...
  • Dalit cooks in UP schools, upper castes protest July 15, 2010

    New Delhi: A wellmeaning project by the Mayawati government has resulted in an uproar. Midday meals, cooked by Dalit cooks, have resulted in parents from upper castes taking their children out of the school. Parents of the students belonging to the upper castes in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh have withdrawn...
  • Police don't treat Kamlesh's case as caste violence May 1, 2008

    Tarauli, Mathura: Writhing in pain, a sixyearold girl paid a heavy price for walking on a road meant for the upper castes. Kamlesh, who hails from Tarauli village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly flung into a burning pit by the village thakur's son. This is not the first time...
  • Sixyearold Dalit girl burnt by upper caste thakur May 1, 2008

    Mathura: Intercaste violence has always been simmering but it suddenly erupted, ironically in the proDalit BSPruled Uttar Pradesh. The victim was a sixyearold Dalit girl. The child, Kamlesh, is lying unconscious in the burns unit of a Mathura hospital, with her baby skin scorched and peeling. Kamlesh was flung into a...
  • 6yrold thrown in fire for walking on 'upper caste' road April 30, 2008

    New Delhi: A sixyear old Dalit girl was set on fire by a man in Mathura because the girl and her mother chose to walk through a path reserved only for upper caste villagers. Even the police refused to take any action. The girl is now admitted in a hospital...
  • Police poohpooh MP Dalits' complaint against Thakurs April 21, 2008

    Jabalpur: Thrown out of his home, allegedly by the upper caste village Thakurs, with a warning never to return, Chakori Chaudhary and members of 15 other Dalit families from Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district had to flee, seeking police protection. Their crime? One of them dared to smoke during a funeral...
  • Caste and faith first in companies, merit next October 27, 2007

    New Delhi: Liberalisation and a free market economy have not changed traditional biases in companies. A study conducted by American and Indian scholars shows that there is a caste bias in the countrys private sector with companies preferring to recruit uppercaste candidates even if they are less qualified. Two Princeton University researchers,...
  • Maya calls for upper caste quota May 13, 2007

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh's new Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday advocated reservation for the economically weaker sections among the upper castes and religious minorities in government jobs. "We will ask the Centre to bring in a new law to provide reservation to the poor people among the upper caste and...
  • UPA's concern for upper castes January 31, 2007

    New Delhi: Two months before Uttar Pradesh goes to polls, the Government is trying out yet another caste experiment after sops for OBCs, SCs and STs. The Centre is now turning its focus onto the poor among the Brahmins and Thakurs. It's being tipped to be the balancing act of the...
  • Quota for upper caste, says Mayawati December 28, 2006

    New Delhi: Brahmins may constitute less than nine per cent of India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, but the BSP chief Mayawati is going all out to woo them. Mayawati, on Thursday, demanded an amendment in the Constitution to grant reservation to economically and socially weaker sections among forward classes. The move,...