In Bihar, caste violence erupted like a plague in the late 1990s. There was the armed Ranvir Sena, composed mostly of Bhumihar landlords, baying for Dalit blood. And then there were retaliatory strikes of Maoist groups.
Dr Payal Tadvi was allegedly harassed by her seniors at Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai. From Jalgaon district, she would have been the first specialist, a post-graduate doctor from the Tadvi Muslim Bhil community
The Congress, with its shrinking but small and loyal voter base, could play a significant role to soar up the collective fortunes of the anti-BJP camp as well as win a dignified number of seats for itself.