The rise of identity politics
The emergence of caste identities are a grim reminder of the susceptibility of the economy to caste based mobilization
The Maratha protests have been silent so far but the rallies and processions are unprecedented in recent history in terms of size and scale. The recent gathering at Ahmednagar was estimated to have attracted a million Marathas. Even the regular marches have attracted hundreds of thousands. The three demands of the community are punishment for the culprits behind the gang rape and murder of a girl in Kopardi by some Dalit youths, amendments to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and resolution of the reservation issue.
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