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Marriage in modern India | “The bride’s side would be willing to trade off the difference between no education and a master’s degree in the prospective husband to avoid marrying outside their caste. For men seeking brides, the own caste effect is twice the effect of the difference between a self-described “very beautiful” woman and a self-described “decent-looking” one. Interestingly, this preference for caste seems much more horizontal than vertical: the authors saw little interest in “marrying up” in the caste hierarchy among both men and women, but a strong preference for in-caste matches”

Read: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/indiaatlse/2012/10/03/marriage-in-modern-india-does-caste-still-matter-for-mate-selection/

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Devesh Kapur in the Business Standard | ‘Those who cry most hoarsely about Ambedkar and Nehru have flagrantly betrayed their legacies’

“That public administration in India is in a shambles is the country’s worst-kept secret, as is the harsh reality that the failures of public administration most adversely affect the most vulnerable and weak. If the rhetoric of social justice is to translate into even modest improvement in outcomes, enhancing the performance of public administration is fundamental. And that requires numerous changes, be it an overhaul of State Public Service Commissions, developing much better in-house training, limiting politically motivated transfers and linking promotions to job performance. Also, there is little doubt that the constitutional provisions for reservations for SCs and STs in public employment continue to be important, but if those joining from socially marginalised groups need additional skills to be able to perform better, additional rigorous well-resourced bridge training programmes (including overseas training) should be put into place” Continue reading

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Dalit government officer retires: officials ‘reportedly sprayed cowdung-mixed water on the office furniture, the threshold and the official vehicle’ (Indian Express)

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/retired-dalit-officers-car-and-furniture-cleansed/773288/

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Caste and appointments to the Indian judiciary: An eye-opener

‘So far, hundreds of judges have been appointed in the Supreme Court and till today only three have been from dalit background. Thousands of judges have been appointed in the High Courts and only few were from dalits and backward community. Proportionately higher caste judges are more and if objectivity was observed in corruption matters, large number of heads would have rolled by now. There is no examination and set standard to make a lawyer a judge. This goes without saying that their appointments are quite subjective. The appointments are mainly done on the basis of nepotism, favouritism, casteism.’ (Kafila) Continue reading

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‘ACK comic books are casteist, racist, and not very subtly propagate Hindu superiority over other religions (particularly Islam) and Brahmin superiority over other castes.’ | RIP Uncle Pai

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Education, mindset and our notions of peace

‘As he sat down with them, they said that they were sorry because they had treated him very shoddily in the past and had for all these years prevented his participation in all discussions and deliberations related to literacy … My friend said that he knew nothing of this but wanted to know why they objected to his name and they said we thought you were a Scheduled Caste. My friend asked them but why did you think that? and he was told, you always met Mr. Jambulkar and he is an SC, so we assumed that you too must be one of them … We are a society that lives a false life, what we profess and what we practice are mutually exclusive.’ (Sohail Hashmi in Kafila) Continue reading

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What caste are India’s top political leaders?

‘Except for one man (Rajendra Singh) every RSS sarsanghchalak since its formation in 1925 has been Brahmin … Curiously, Nehru’s defence minister was a warrior (Singh), his agriculture minister was a peasant (Deshmukh), his finance minister was Vaish (Chetty) and his education minister was a scholar (Azad), following Manusmriti.’ (Aakar Patel in Mint)

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