Land of Mayawati leads in cases of discrimination against scheduled caste, OBC students

Uttar Pradesh sees the highest number of complaints of discrimination against students belonging to the scheduled castes and other backward classes, according to government data. Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for about 17% of India’s total population, accounted for 57% of the total complaints regarding discrimination against students belonging to scheduled castes and other backward classes. […]

Is Narendra Modi the new OBC Messiah?

It must be one of the great ironies of Indian politics that it was a party known for its staunchly upper caste base that finally brought OBC wave to national politics. While many political observers have praised the BJP for “destroying the caste politics” of backward leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and dalit leader Kumari Mayawati, […]

Kerala sees decline in Dalit population; Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra lead

Kerala is the only state in which the population of scheduled caste sections has fallen in India between 2001 and 2011, according to the latest census numbers. In Kerala, which has arguably the highest living standard in India, scheduled caste population fell by 2.7% in the ten years to 30.4 lakh from 31.2 lakh in […]

TIME rejects 93% of Modi votes as fake, declares Kejriwal winner

US based TIME Magazine declared Aam Aadmi Party head Arvind Kejriwal the winner of its global poll to take reader inputs on the top 100 people who influenced the world the most past year. It rejected over 93% of Modi’s votes and over 88% of Kejriwal’s votes as fakes, before declaring the Aam Aadmi Party […]

Kejriwal Tops Time Magazine’s Global Top 100 People of 2014 Poll

Just hours after he emerged as the most popular nominee from India, Aam Aadmi Party founder Arvind Kejriwal has beaten a slew of American celebrities to emerge as the candidate with the most ‘yes’ votes on Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in the world in 2014. UPDATE: TIME has rejected most of the votes […]

TIME Poll – Onlookers wonder as Kejriwal beats Modi 4:1

Is upstart political campaigner Arvind Kejriwal more popular than Narendra Modi, the larger-than-life prime ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party? UPDATE: TIME has rejected most of the votes as fakes in its final tally, but maintained Kejriwal as the winner. It would seem so, at least from the initial indications on the poll to […]

Consultants make a cool Rs 700-800 cr from general elections – study

Consulting firms that help political parties plan their campaign and media strategy are making around Rs 700-800 crore from the general elections, a study by industry body ASSOCHAM found. While releasing the ASSOCHAM paper on “LokSabha elections throw new biz opportunities” Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General ASSOCHAM said, “the disaggregating of the poll data […]

Modi factor – Polling gets off to strong start in Kerala

Indicating the strong interest in the evolving scenario at the centre, polling got off to a strong start in Kerala, where nearly half of the population are Christian and Muslim. Nearly 14.3% of the registered voters have cast their ballots in the first two hours of voting, according to unofficial information from the election commission. […]

Trolls dominate online election commentary; BJP most favored

If elections were to be held on popular news websites like Firstpost.com, ZeeNews, Hindustan Times etc, the Bharatiya Janata Party would have a clean sweep – going by its total domination of the online comment space. According to an analysis of the top commenters on four of India’s top news websites, 61.4% of the top […]

South leads, East lags in consumer durables purchases in India

With increasing purchasing power and aspiration for a better life in the villages, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have registered a phenomenal growth in ‘rural’ consumption of consumer durable goods and the overall growth in rural areas during the period of 2007-08 and 2011-12 was higher than the cities, according to […]

Consumer courts continue to dismiss telecom complaints despite Government clarification

Despite a clarification by the Department of Telecom, several consumer  disputes redressal fora in India continue to reject billing and service related disputes against telecom operators. The Department of Telecom had issued a clarification on February 4 this year that private telecom companies cannot be identified with the “Telegraph Authority” of India as defined in […]

NCDRC directs Bajaj Allianz to pay after accident policy holder suffers heart attack in fall

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered Bajaj Allianz insurance company to not block compensation to the family of a person who died of a cardiac arrest during a fall. Bajaj Allianz had refused to pay Rs 4 lakh claiming that the person was insured only for accidents and that the person must have […]

Initial probe finds Kerala forest fires were set by manmade force

A preliminary enquiry by the Kerala Forest Department has found that widespread forest fires in Kerala’s ecologically sensitive Wayanad region were likely to be man-made rather than natural. Fires were detected across the district on Sunday at the almost the same time. The area has been the hotbed of anti-environmentalist protests over the last three […]