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Himachal: Casteless Cops

My Name Is Blue

Caste-based prejudice has long been a fact of life in Himachal Pradesh. Now, new initiatives look to change that—with the state police as catalysts.

My Name Is Blue
Sanjay Rawat
My Name Is Blue
outlookindia.com
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Trigger Why we are doing this story

  • Debate over whether Census 2011 should include information on caste—the first time since 1931—led to a separate caste survey

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At the Himachal Pradesh Police command headquarters in Shimla, history is framed and mounted on the walls—photos of past police chiefs, right from 1949, line the length of a corridor. But turn the corner, and the present holds sway, quietly making history of its own. Freshly painted nameplates and nametags on the uniforms of police staff catch the eye: conspicuously absent from both are surnames.

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