Review: Mobilising the Marginalised: Ethnic Parties Without Ethnic Movements by Amit Ahuja

It is fashionable, especially among the urban middle classes in India, to portray elections as a caste-versus-development contest, where the latter always ends up losing. More often than not, development is seen under threat if a leader from a socially-deprived caste is successful in getting elected. This sweeping generalisation is rightly critiqued on the grounds that belonging to the bottom of the caste hierarchy is the single biggest hindrance to achieving progress in India. Therefore, the socially (and hence economically) backward people are justified in seeking solutions to their problems through democratic politics. The hope of achieving equality through universal suffrage, among India’s discriminated-against and downtrodden, is the most basic foundation of our democratic stability.

Kumaraswamy claims hidden BJP agenda in PM Modi’s blackout call

Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer scientific evidence to back his call for switching off the lights for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday and suggested that the symbolic gesture may have been organized to mark BJP’s foundation day, which falls on Monday, April 6.

Plea in Supreme Court to restore 4G services in J-K

Patients, doctors, and general public of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) are unable to access latest information, guidelines, advisories and restrictions about COVID- 19 because of restrictions on mobile internet speed to 2G, a plea filed before Supreme Court by an NGO. The petitioner challenged the order issued by the J&K administration on March 26 restricting internet speed in mobile data to 2G and prayed that 4G internet services be restored in the Union Territory of J&K. Slow internet speed renders telemedicine or online video consultation impossible, it said.

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Is Delhi prepared?That isn’t a question designed to be alarmist. On Thursday, the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi rose to293, driven upward by more people who attended the gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat at its HQ testing positive. That trend is likely to continue — in terms of both an increase in cases, and more from the Jamaat gathering testing positive. Hundreds evacuated from the Markaz Nizamuddin are in hospitals in Delhi; around 1,800 are in quarantine. Which is why this is an opportune time to ask the question.

Amazon workers to strike at New York site over COVID-19 concerns

About 100 Amazon.com Inc. employees at a New York fulfilment center plan to go on strike at noon on Monday, alleging management has been unresponsive to safety concerns and the spread of the coronavirus at the facility. Employees are demanding that the Staten Island site be closed for at least two weeks and sanitized. The e-commerce giant closed a warehouse in Queens for cleaning after an employee tested positive, as reported by The Atlantic.

I support ‘brave decision’ to postpone Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka

Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka on Saturday said Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took a brave decision of postponing 2020 Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, IOC postponed the Tokyo Olympics to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 27,000 lives thus far across the world.

HC quashes ‘leave India’ notice issuedto Polish student

Kolkata: The Calcutta high court on Wednesday quashed a notice issued to a Polish student asking him to leave India for participating in an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) rally in Kolkata, saying the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution apply to “all human beings” in the country and not just citizens.