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Dalit, meaning "broken/scattered" in Sanskrit and Hindi, is a term mostly used for the ethnic groups in India that have been kept depressed. Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism and were seen as forming a fifth varna, also known by the name of Panchama. Dalits now profess various religious beliefs, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity and various folk religions. The 2011 Census of India recorded their numbers at over 200 million people, representing 16 percent of India's population.

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Dalit BJP MP denied entry to a temple in Tumakuru


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Mamata Banerjee shocked over demolition of Ravidas temple in Delhi

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed shock over the demolition of a Guru Ravidas temple in New Delhi. Banerjee said she could understand the Dalits' anguish since the Guru..
IndiaTimes - Published

Ravidas temple demolition protest: Priyanka Gandhi attacks BJP, says govt 'suppressing voice of Dalits'

Priyanka's tweets come hours after some protestors including Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested on Wednesday night after being charged with rioting and obstructing law & order.
DNA - Published

Insult of Dalit voices cannot be tolerated: Priyanka Gandhi


IndiaTimes - Published

Denied access to crematorium, Dalits ‘airdrop’ dead in Tamil Nadu

After the construction of the Arasalanthapuram-Narayanapuram bridge across the river, members of other castes have encroached upon the path leading to the river and denied Dalits access to carry their..
IndiaTimes - Published

Bhim Army leader challenges Mohan Bhagwat to an open debate on reservation

Dalit group Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad on Tuesday challenged RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to an open debate on the issue of reservation and asserted that a discussion should instead be held on the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Article 370 Abrogation: 'Liberal' blind spot about inequalities in Jammu and Kashmir is astounding

Why else would a group of people - ranging from queer people to allies of Dalits to self-styled feminists - lose their collective cool over the removal of a highly divisive piece of legislation which..
DNA - Published

BJP patronises cult of violence, says Sitaram Yechury after ministers dismiss concerns expressed by celebs

In the letter, filmmakers, authors and actors said the lynching of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities must be stopped immediately and added that there is "no democracy without dissent".
IndiaTimes - Published

They've not recovered from 2019 loss: Naqvi dismisses letter to PM on mob lynching

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asserted on Wednesday that Dalits and minorities are safe in the country after a group of eminent citizens wrote to the prime minister expressing concern over..
DNA - Published

Gujarat Congress MLAs seek end to atrocities against Dalits

Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar says that the number of such cases rose from 1,046 in 2015 to 1,545 in 2018
DNA - Published

'Conspiracy to stop Dalits from advancing in economic front': Mayawati on IT attaching brother's 'benami' property

Mayawati cries foul after brother's property attached.
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Allahabad High Court: Police security for BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra's daughter, hubby

The court also declared the marriage of Sakshi and Ajitesh, a Dalit, to be legal
DNA - Published

Husband of MLA's runaway daughter thrashed in HC

Ajitesh, the Dalit husband of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter Sakshi, was thrashed by some unidentified men in black robes in the corridors of HC. The thrashing came moments after Ajitesh stepped..
IndiaTimes - Published

New twists in Uttar Pradesh MLA-daughter saga

Sakshi in the viral video had alleged that her father Pappu Bhartaul was opposed to her marriage to a Dalit youth and set goons after them.
DNA - Published

Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra says did not threaten daughter over Dalit hubby

The BJP legislator, however, rejected the allegations and asserted that he respects the decision taken by his daughter
DNA - Published

Jignesh Mevani threatened for supporting Dalit groups

Mevani said the threats were made to his old phone number, which is currently being used by his personal assistant, Satish Vansola.
DNA - Published

Dad, stay out of my marriage: Daughter of UP BJP MLA posts video after marrying Dalit, claims threat to life

Several people took to Twitter to spread the video around, calling the attention of the police to this pressing issue of the alleged threat to her life.
DNA - Published

Dalit murder: Two more held, hunt on for 5 others

While govt promises support, MLA Mevani says Dalits' life in grave danger
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Union Budget will only help capitalists: Mayawati

The BSP chief said the Budget would "encourage the private sector and help big capitalists" at every level, further "complicating" the issue of reservation for the Dalits and backwards besides problems..
IndiaTimes - Published

In UP, BJP eyes welfare plan beneficiaries as members

The BJP in Uttar Pradesh is set to convert beneficiaries of central government schemes Ujjwala, Ayushman Bharat and Saubhagya into members of the saffron party in a drive beginning July 6. The party..
IndiaTimes - Published

Congress names Bengal MP Adhir Ranjan its leader in Lok Sabha

West Bengal MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is the new leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, a choice that appears to balance seniority with loyalty besides the fact that he has the aggressive nature required for..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Privileged, powerful groups' vote rarely discussed: Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi Thursday said "cringe-worthy" discussions take place in every election about Dalit, Muslim and OBC voters, but rarely are debates held on how "privileged and powerful..
IndiaTimes - Published

Gehlot to be BJP's leader in RS replacing Arun Jaitley

Senior BJP leader Thawar Chand Gehlot will be the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.The Dalit leader, who is minister of social justice and empowerment, will replace former finance minister Arun..
IndiaTimes - Published

12-year-old Dalit girl raped by six men in UP

12-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by six men in Kushninagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
DNA - Published

SP MLA, an ex-minister, sent to jail in gangrape case

Manoj Kumar Paras, former state minister and sitting Samajwadi Party MLA from Nagina in Bijnor, was sent to jail by a special court on Saturday. He was one of the four accused in a gang-rape case..
IndiaTimes - Published

Half of BJP’s additional MPs from SC/ST constituencies

BJP has increased its Lok Sabha tally from 282 in 2014 to 303 in 2019 and interestingly nearly half of its additional members (10 of 21) have come from reserved (SC/ST) constituencies, showing its..
IndiaTimes - Published

Different DMK helps save Congress face in the Maharashtra

In Chandrapur the Dalit-Muslim-Kunbi (DMK) combination ensured that Shiv Sena MLA Suresh Dhanorkar, who switched to the Congress, was elected defeating BJP heavyweight and Union Minister of state for..
DNA - Published

Dalit youth in Rajkot killed, family refuses to accept body

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani also joined the protest with the family, refusing to accept the body of the deceased
DNA - Published

Rahul Gandhi meets Alwar gang-rape victim

Congress prez Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met a Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped in front of her husband in Rajasthan's Alwar district, party sources said. Gandhi was accompanied by CM Ashok..
IndiaTimes - Published

Violence against Dalits see a 35% surge since 2014 in Gujarat

Poor conviction, rising assertion from community factors behind the rise
DNA - Published

Gujarat govt assures Dalits of action after community's wedding processions halted

Pradeepsinh Jadeja says on Wednesday that the state stood firmly with the Dalits
DNA - Published

Gujarat promises action over blocking of Dalit wedding processions


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Why is CM Vijay Rupani silent about attacks on Dalits, asks Jignesh Mevani

When asked whether he had sought PAAS leader Hardik Patel's support in the Aravalli incident (Patels had blocked the wedding procession), Mevani said such incidents should not require an invitation to..
DNA - Published

Ahead of Rahul’s Alwar visit, Congress says rape victims denied justice in BJP-ruled UP, J&K

Facing flak over allegations that the Congress government in Rajasthan tried to hush up the rape of a Dalit woman, a combative Congress attempted to turn the tables on its saffron opponents and said..
IndiaTimes - Published

Gujarat: Dalit wedding held under police cover

Khemabhai Rathod, the uncle of the groom and a former assistant sub inspector says that on Sunday there was stone pelting by upper caste members
DNA - Published

Rajasthan: Ram Vilas Paswan demands CBI probe into rape case of Dalit woman in Alwar

The Lok Sabha polls in the state are now over. The Lok Janshakti Party chief said in a statement the state government is responsible for such a "condemnable" development.
DNA - Published

Gujarat: Minister meets Dalits but boycott continues

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel met the villagers on Friday to ensure law and order is maintained in the village
DNA - Published

Dalit lynched for eating in front of high-caste man: NHRC to probe, dispatches team to Tehri


IndiaTimes - Published

Polarisation among most backward castes, Dalits, Muslims in favour of Opposition alliance: Sharad Yadav

Expressing confidence that the opposition alliance will decimate the ruling NDA in Bihar, senior leader Sharad Yadav claimed Sunday that the Modi government is on its way out due to the BJP's poor show..
IndiaTimes - Published

Deve Gowda could be 'dark horse' for PM post: Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar

Prakash Ambedkar, convener of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), said former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda could be a "dark horse" for the post.
DNA - Published

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Udit Raj quits 'anti-Dalit' BJP for Congress

Raj, who joined the grand old party after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day, chose to lash out at the BJP at a news conference at AICC headquarters calling the saffron party..
DNA - Published

'Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav's fake friendship will end on May 23': PM Modi's jibe at SP-BSP alliance

"After May 23, 'Bua' and 'Babua' will start part two of their enmity. They will again start reminding each other of the Guest House case. These people have done nothing for Dalits and Other Backward..
DNA - Published

Stakes high for all but it’s Maya who’ll gain or lose most

Muslims comprise more than 20% of the electorate in five of the eight constituencies, while four seats are reserved for scheduled castes. Agra is known as the Dalit capital of North India. Muslim and..
IndiaTimes - Published

Lok sabha election 2019 Maharashtra: Campaign ends, candidates wait for fate in phase 2 poll

Former CMs Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar are in the fray
DNA - Published

How secret is your secret ballot in EVM-era polling?

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said a fear psychosis has been created in the minds of Dalits and minorities, especially by asking them to vote for a particular person or party.
DNA - Published

Marathwada: Congress, NCP stitch caste tie-up

According to senior Congress leader, in Marathwada, Marathas are largest populations, followed by Lingayat, Vanjari, Dalit, Muslim and Dhangar community.
DNA - Published

Ahmedabad: Every Ambedkar Jayanti, Dalit writer launches a book

So far Solanki has released two books and on Sunday he is going to launch his third book.
DNA - Published

PM Modi corners Cong on "Nyay," asks justice for "Anyay" of 1984, Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to corner the Congress on its showpiece poll promise of "Nyay," and sought to know who would do justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, violence..
DNA - Published

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Mayawati slams both BJP & Congress, dubs them corrupt

BSP chief Mayawati mounted a blistering attack on both BJP and Congress and accused them of betraying the Dalits and the minorities while benefitting the rich.
DNA - Published

UP: Tension prevails in Muzaffarnagar as Dalits prevented from installing statue

Tension prevailed in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh when a group of Dalits was prevented by the district authorities from installing a statue
DNA - Published

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