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Income inequality in India: Top 10% upper caste households own 60% wealth

By Shreehari Paliath | IndiaSpend | Last Updated at January 14 2019 08:50 IST      Representative image Although India’s upper caste households earned nearly 47% more than the national average annual household income, the top 10% within these castes owned 60% of the wealth within the group in 2012, as per a recent  paper  by the World Inequality Database. Further, the wealthiest 1% among them grew their wealth by nearly 16 percentage points to 29.4% over the decade to 2012, the paper, entitled ‘ Wealth Inequality, Class and Caste in India, 1961-2012’  and published in November 2018, said. The vast inequality of income and wealth between and within castes highlighted in the paper are significant in the light of the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s  new bill  to entitle poorer sections among the forward castes to a 10% quota in government jobs and higher education institutions, which has been  challenged  in court. Inequality between castes Marginalised  caste groups  such as

Serving major shot dead in Karachi

Our Correspondent June 8, 2019 KARACHI: A serving major of the Pakistan Army was gunned down in a firing incident on the second day of Eidul Fitr in Karachi. Police officials said that the incident took place near Dilpasand Sweets on the main MA Jinnah Road within the limits of Aram Bagh police station late on Thursday night.  The deceased was shot once in the head and died at the spot. His body was taken to the Civil Hospital, Karachi, for autopsy where he was identified as 35-year-old Saqib Iqbal, son of Muhammad Iqbal.  According to Aram Bagh SHO Sagheer Mugheri, the deceased was a serving major of Pakistan Army and used to live in the Malir Cantonment area.  The officer said that the police have also found an empty shell of a pistol from the crime scene and sent it to the forensic division for ballistics cross-matching. Reacting to information, a contingent of law enforcers including police and Rangers reached the site and inquired about the incident.  The police investig

Two women, two policemen: The Ishrat Jahan and Pragya Thakur cases are a study in contrast

By asking us to accept the fates of Jahan and Thakur, Hemant Karkare and DG Vanzara as normal, the BJP is appealing to the worst prejudices of Indians. Kavita Krishnan May 28, 2019 · 08:00 am Let these contrasts sink in. Ishrat Jahan , a college student from Mumbra, Maharashtra, was declared guilty of terrorism after she was killed in an alleged encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004 – without her guilt or the innocence of the policemen who killed her ever being established in a court of law. ADVERTISEMENT Pragya Singh Thakur  has been declared innocent and was the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for a parliamentary seat even though she is on trial for terrorism. She won with a comfortable margin. Police officer  Hemant Karkare  built an  evidence-based case against Thakur, Lt Col Shrikant Purohit  and others for their alleged role in the blasts in Malegaon, Maharashtra, in 2008. Karkare was killed during the terror attack in Mumbai that year and subsequentl

Life term until death to Father Aind, five others, in Khunti gang rape case

The incident hit the national headlines on June 19, 2018, when five anti-human trafficking activists, engaged with an NGO supported by a Christian missionary, were abducted by motor-cycle borne armed men while they were performing street corner play Share  Share on linkedin  Share on reddit  Share on Email Cancel Convicted accused of Kochang gang rape incident coming out from a court in Khunti (HTPhoto) Updated: May 18, 2019 03:06 IST By Bedanti Saran, Hindustan Times, Ranchi A local court in Khunti on Friday awarded life term until death to Father Alphonse Aind, a member of a missionary institution, and five others held guilty in the infamous Kochang gang rape incident occurred last year in the district. The incident hit the national headlines on June 19, 2018, when five anti-human trafficking activists, engaged with an NGO supported by a Christian missionary, were abducted by motor-cycle borne armed men while they were performing street corner play (Nukkad-Natak) at RC Miss

Emperor Akbar begged Rajput woman to spare his life: Rajasthan BJP chief

Madan Lal Saini claimed that a Rajput woman, Kiran Devi, had seen through Akbar's "ill intentions" and pushed him to the ground before threatening the emperor with a dagger. Written by  Deep Mukherjee  |Jaipur |Updated: June 6, 2019 6:01:36 pm       Saini claimed that Akbar used to go to a market meant exclusively for women to commit “misdeeds”. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Rajasthan  BJP  president Madan Lal Saini Thursday said that Mughal emperor Akbar’s behaviour towards women was ‘suspicious’ and ‘inappropriate’. Saini claimed that Akbar used to go to a market meant exclusively for women to commit “misdeeds”. Advertising “Akbar had put up the Meena Bazaar. The world knows that only women used to carry out its functioning there and men did not have any permission to enter. It is recorded in history how Akbar used to go there under disguise to commit misdeeds,” Saini told reporters on occasion of Maharana Pratap Jayanti. RELATED NEWS Kolkata: TMC, BJP worker

Why and How Pakistani Christian Girls Are Smuggled to China

Image Credit:  Pixabay Why and How Pakistani Christian Girls Are Smuggled to China The dark side of the two countries’ “iron brotherhood”: human trafficking. By Irfan Yar May 24, 2019               Dreaming of a better life away from hardship, hundreds of Pakistani Christian girls are allegedly being lured by the Chinese under the pretext of phony marriages, and then forced into prostitution in China. The Chinese nationals promise a luxurious life to the prospective brides and economic help to their families, but once the girls are in China, they face a life of forced prostitution and even torture. Pakistan is overwhelmingly a Muslim country with Christians representing about 1.6 percent of the population. The majority of these Christians are descendants of the so-called low-caste Hindus – in order to escape the vicious caste system, they converted to Christianity. But in Pakistan, their life is not only full of hardship, but they are also targeted by the Jihadist groups

The impact of Munivahana Seva in removing caste discrimination – An incident near Nagarjuna Sagar

PGurus.com The impact of Munivahana Seva in removing caste discrimination – An incident near Nagarjuna Sagar Rangarajan had taken up 'Munivahana Seva' by carrying a Dalit devotee Aditya Parasari on his shoulders from the temple to 'Dhwaja Sthambam' of Ranganatha Swamy temple in Jiyaguda last year By   Team PGurus  - June 5, 2019 The impact of Munivahana Seva in removing caste discrimination an incident Near Nagarjuna Sagar The prime objective of this gesture is to propagate equality. The ritual coincided with the 1,000th birth anniversary celebrations of Vaishavaite saint Ramanujacharya, who preached equality of human beings This incident happened a few days back, in a small village in Andhra Pradesh. The details of the place are not important. What is important is the feeling among Hindus that all are equal. The villagers had installed a  new umbilical stone …Boddu Rayi, after which the Dalits of the village wanted to perform  Abhishekam  to the new installat

The impact of Munivahana Seva in removing caste discrimination – An incident near Nagarjuna Sagar

PGurus.com The impact of Munivahana Seva in removing caste discrimination – An incident near Nagarjuna Sagar Rangarajan had taken up 'Munivahana Seva' by carrying a Dalit devotee Aditya Parasari on his shoulders from the temple to 'Dhwaja Sthambam' of Ranganatha Swamy temple in Jiyaguda last year By   Team PGurus  - June 5, 2019 The impact of Munivahana Seva in removing caste discrimination an incident Near Nagarjuna Sagar The prime objective of this gesture is to propagate equality. The ritual coincided with the 1,000th birth anniversary celebrations of Vaishavaite saint Ramanujacharya, who preached equality of human beings This incident happened a few days back, in a small village in Andhra Pradesh. The details of the place are not important. What is important is the feeling among Hindus that all are equal. The villagers had installed a  new umbilical stone …Boddu Rayi, after which the Dalits of the village wanted to perform  Abhishekam  to the new installat

HOW TO RESIST DISINFORMATION

Jun 4, 2019   SHARE TO MORE How can public servants aid in the fight against disinformation? According to a recent resource compiled by CPD Faculty Fellow  James Pamment  and his team at Lund University for the UK government, cultivating a robust early warning system is key to identifying and responding to threats. Their RESIST Disinformation Toolkit offers public servants and government workers insights and best practices on how to develop this system to protect society from the harms of malicious information. The RESIST model is divided into six steps that officials can follow to understand and counter disinformation: Recognize disinformationEarly warningSituational insightImpact analysisStrategic communication Track outcomes   "Communications departments play a central role in recognizing and responding to disinformation," the report reads. "You will often be the first to see it. This toolkit helps you develop routines to make informed assessments of risk and

COUNTERING DISINFORMATION: THE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY PROBLEM OF OUR TIME

Aug 13, 2018 by James Pamment PRINT AS PDF As scholars and practitioners of public diplomacy, we are interested in how governments, groups and individuals work together to achieve common goals. We expect those goals to improve the human condition in some way, by for example bringing different cultures together, advocating for progressive public policies or providing platforms to share ideas. We tend to call activities that we approve of  public diplomacy , and those that we don’t like  propaganda . But the fact is that both PD and propaganda draw upon the same communicative resources and techniques, which means that they share not just a history, but also a present and a future. An important distinction should be made, however. Propaganda usually involves deception, manipulation and coercion. Sources are hidden, facts are twisted, and the ability to make up one’s own mind—informed consent—is subverted. The same basic communicative techniques as those used in PD are augmented with

Silent women warriors of tribal India

Usha Turaga Revelli Hans News Service 3 Jun 2019 10:38 PM Thousands of tribal women workers across India work to bring education, livelihood and health and make a difference to their own communities, reaching 50,000 villages with 35,000 micro projects A tribal welfare department official goes on tour to the Bastar region in Chattisgarh. At the end of the day, as his jeep loses its way in the twilight in the jungle, a tribal woman who is travelling with him, jumps out and tells the driver to switch off the headlights and follow her. She starts running along the kutcha pathways in the dark and the jeep follows her faint, racing figure until they are back to the road. For five whole kilometres! Advertise With Us This magic guide in the jungle is a member of the Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram and a worker, who runs an education project in the villages of Bastar. And she is as deft in managing large-scale projects as she is leading the way out of dark, dense forests. She is one of the thousan

Jaishankar in cabinet, next, F-16 in IAF

Whether or not Narendra Modi delivers on any other election promises, one goal he will realize, with S. Jaiskankar, the former Foreign Secretary and virtually Washington’s Man in Delhi in the Union cabinet, is to, in fact, make India a full-fledged American “ally” — a label used by US President Donald Trump just yesterday. “Ally” is a loaded word but if India warrants this designation it is in no small part because of Jaishankar’s successful endeavours over the years, in connivance with soft-headed political leaders, to rob this country of its policy latitude and freedom of action, reduce it, in the process, to America’s subsidiary ally as apprehended in my last two books — ‘Why India is Not a great Power (Yet)’ [2015], and ‘Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition’ [2018]. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar comes straight into the cabinet from his job with the Tata Group where he looked after its foreign interests, mostly trying to force the US defence major Lockheed Mart