ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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‘Development’ and the Mahagathbandhan in UP

With 80 Lok Sabha seats, Uttar Pradesh is easily the focus of political speculation and observation. This article looks at how the dynamics between various stakeholders are playing out in the campaigning and polls in the state.

Not Rhetoric

A lot of hype has been created around the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. But funding from sources such as the corporate social responsibility coffer is wholly inadequate. Moreover, reliance on public-private partnerships without strengthening the capabilities of the existing public agencies in the field through adequate budget allocations and proper training of personnel is a sure sign that the ambitious 2019 target for drinking water supply and sanitation is not going to be met.

Indian Muslim OBCs

In keeping with the Mandal Commission's recommendation only 84 out of the 172 Muslim castes have been included into the central Other Backward Classes list. Those who were included in the list have been unable to compete with the other constituents in the lists. There is thus a demand from the Muslim community for an amendment in the reservation policy. This paper analyses the rationale behind the demand for reservation and the interlocking arguments and counterarguments. It also attempts to look at the activities of the pressure groups that shaped the demand for reservation by backward Muslims.
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