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BJP MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal (a critic of Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa) with members the Panchamasali (Lingayat) community during a rally demanding for the inclusion of Lingayat community in the 2A reservation category, in Bengaluru.

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Members of the Panchamasali (Lingayat) community during a rally demanding for the inclusion of Lingayat community in the 2A reservation category, in Bengaluru.

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People, belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward classes stand in queue to claim their rights at a certification camp by the backward classes welfare department in Kolkata.

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People, belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward classes stand in queue to claim their rights at a certification camp by the backward classes welfare department in Kolkata.

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Rajak community members stage 'Jal Satyagraha' agitation in Narmada River demanding Scheduled Caste Status for them, in Jabalpur.

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Left parties activist stage a protest the suicide of post-graduate woman medical student Payal Tadvi, in Mumbai.

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DPCC President Sheila Dikshit participates in Valmiki Mahapanchayat organised by Valmiki Samaj representatives over their demands at Mavlankar Hall, in New Delhi.

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Kalita Janagosthi Sanmilan activists raise slogans during a protest demanding Schedule Tribe (ST) status at Six Mile, in Guwahati.

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Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad after being released from Saharanpur Jail, in Saharanpur. Azad was arrested from Himachal Pradesh's Dalhousie in June last year in connection with the May 5 caste violence in which one person was killed and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur.

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Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad being released from Saharanpur Jail, in Saharanpur. Azad was arrested from Himachal Pradesh's Dalhousie in June last year in connection with the May 5 caste violence in which one person was killed and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur.

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Several upper caste organisation activists raise slogans and burn tyres during 'Bharat Bandh' protest called over SC/ST Amendment Act, in Varanasi.

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Akhil Bhartiya Swarn Sena activists protest outside state BJP office during their ‘Bharat Bandh’ against SC/ST Amendment Bill, in Patna.

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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram (L) and MSME minister Giriraj Singh (R) during National SC-ST Hub State Conclave-cum-Exhibition in Bhubaneswar.

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Khasi women and girls at a market in Shillong

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A delegation of OBC MPs and leaders calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the passage of OBC bill, in New Delhi.

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O.P. Rajbhar (left) had threatened to ­boycott a Rajya Sabha poll before he got to meet Amit Shah

(From left) Anupriya Patel, Keshav Maurya and CM Yogi in Lucknow

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Members from Jharkhand Kurmi Vikash Morcha (OBC) raise slogans demanding for reservation during Jharkhand Bandh torchlight procession in Ranchi.

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DMK leader M K Stalin, MDMK Chief Vaiko, VCK Leader Thol Thirumavalavan at a demonstration against dilution of certain provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai.

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BJP National President Amit Shah addresses OBC Convention in Kaginele, Karnataka.

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Members of Dalit community stage a protest during 'Bharat Bandh' call by Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes Act, in Shimla.

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Bhim Army Sena members stop a train during 'Bharat Bandh' call given by Dalit organisations against the alleged 'dilution' of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes act, in Patna.

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People stage protest during 'Bharat Bandh' against the dilution of provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by Supreme court, in Amritsar.

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Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) activists stop a train at Rajendra Nagar Terminal during 'Bharat Bandh' against the dilution of provisions for the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Act, in Patna.

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Members of Dalit community and Bhim Sena stage a protest during 'Bharat Bandh' against the alleged 'dilution' of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Act by Supreme court, in Jodhpur.

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People protest during 'Bharat Bandh' call given by Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes act, in Gaya, Bihar.

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A bike set on fire by a group of protesters during 'Bharat Bandh' call given by Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes Act, in Ghaziabad.

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A Lingayat man wearing the Ishtalinga

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A Brahmin and his son perform the ceremony of changing the sacred thread, c. 1946

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Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj, which conducts the thread ceremony for all castes

Members of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena during a protest demanding for a total ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie "Padmavati' at Freedom Park in Bengaluru.

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A mammoth crowd gathered during the lingayat dharma samavesh in Hubli Nehru stadium.

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Panchayat in Bibipur in Jind district of Haryana in July 2012

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People Shout slogans as they participate in a rally organised by OBC Ekta Manch, or Other Backward Classes Unity Forum, in Ahmadabad. The rally was organised to demand farmers' debt waiver, fair price of crop and subsidy to milk producers, among other demands.

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OBC leader Alpesh Thakor throws milk on road during a farm agitation for farm loan waiver, in Ahmedabad.

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Members of Dalit community raise slogans against the Saharanpur inter-caste clash where people of their community were allegedly targeted, during their protest in front of the UP Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Shramjivi Sanghatna organise the Langoti morcha for the tribal community, demanding action on issues regarding their caste certificate, in Thane.

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Maratha community people participate in the "Maratha Kranti Morcha" during the winter session of Maharashtra state assembly, in Nagur.

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The 1968 Kilvenmani killings stand as reminders.

Powerful middle castes have always been brutal in their social assertion. The 1997 anti-Dalit ­violence in Karisalkulam

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Members of India's low-caste Dalit community block traffic and shout slogans in Ahmadabad, Gujarat.

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Members of Patidar community burnt vehicle during their "Jail Bharo Andolan" for demanding release of Hardik Patel in Mahesana.

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Police use water canon to control members of Patidar community during their "Jail Bharo Andolan" for demanding release of Hardik Patel in Mahesana.

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Members of Patidar community during the "Jail Bharo Andolan" to demand the release of Convener of Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti Hardik Patel in Surat.

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Filmindia cartoon (1952) mocking Rajendra Prasad’s actions.

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Students at University of Hyderabad seeking justice for Rohith Vemula

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JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addresses a protest march by various organisations demanding justice for Rohith Vemula at Jantar Mantar.

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JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar leads a protest march of various organisations demanding justice for Rohith Vemula at Jantar Mantar.

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Students of Hyderabad Central University hold a protest demonstration against the University VC in Hyderabad to demand justice for dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

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In Memoriam Remembering Rohith, who wan­ted to be a science-writer, like Carl Sagan

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P.L. Punia, chairman of the National Com­mi­ssion for Scheduled Castes

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Rohith’s brother Raja, right, and college mate Shaik Riyaz

The Proof They’ve been snooping around for this, Rohith’s SC certificate

Sing The Blues Hope and despair battle each other at Ramireddythota

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People belonging to OBC(other backward class) at a rally in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Dalit Shoshan Mukti Sabha members taking out a protest rally demanding justice for Hyderabad's Rohith Vemula, in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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Students listen to a speaker as they protest the death of an Indian student, portrait in front, who, along with 4 others, was barred from using some facilities at the Hyderabad university in Hyderabad.

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Amrita Howlader, 28, PG in English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta. Currently a research scholar.

Sandipan Chatterjee

Dhammrakshit Randive, 26, MA Theatre Arts, Mumbai University (Now part of Yalgar Sanskrutik Chalval, an activist performing arts group dedicated to cultural politics)

Amit Haralkar

Deepa P. Mohanan, 30, Research scholar in nanotechnology, IIUCNN Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam

Arjun P, 28, PhD student in the Kannada department, Bangalore University

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Shreyat Bouddh, 20, Babasaheb Ambedkar University, Lucknow

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In The Wake Students hold a candlelight vigil for Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad

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The Muslim Voice Asaduddin Owaisi of MIM meeting protesters

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Delhi Calling Kejriwal addresses protesting students in Hyderabad

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Holding A Congress Students hand over representation to Rahul

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A Raging Fire Of Protest Students burn an effigy of Smriti Irani

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Hardik Patel being taken to a court in Surat, Gujarat

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Aadiwasi community former state ministers Vasant Purke, Shivajirao Moghe and Madhukar Pichad along with supporters take part in a morcha against Maharashtra government during on the fifth day of Winter session of the Assembly in Nagpur.

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The chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, P.L. Punia

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi talking to media during a visit to Sunpedh village where a dalit's house was set on fire allegedly by men belonging to the upper-caste community, in Ballabhgarh in Faridabad, Haryana.

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Protesting Sunpedh villagers and block Faridabad-Ballabhgarh highway with kids' bodies at Faridabad, Haryana.

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Protesting Sunpedh villagers and block Faridabad-Ballabhgarh highway with kids' bodies at Faridabad, Haryana.

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Protesting Sunpedh villagers and block Faridabad-Ballabhgarh highway with kids' bodies at Faridabad, Haryana.

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Protesting Sunpedh villagers and block Faridabad-Ballabhgarh highway with kids' bodies at Faridabad, Haryana.

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Protesting Sunpedh villagers and block Faridabad-Ballabhgarh highway with kids' bodies at Faridabad, Haryana.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visits Sunpedh village in Faridabad, Haryana.

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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi talking to the villagers in Sunpedh village in Faridabad, Haryana.

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The amulet of the 11-months-old Divya lies on the floor of charred remains of the house of dalit family where two children were burnt alive in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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Subhash Yadav, Commissioner of Police, Faridabad in conversation with dalit family members where two children burnt alive in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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Grandmother of two children burnt alive in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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Relatives at house of dalit family where two children burnt alive in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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House of dalit family where two children burnt alive in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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Relatives of dalit family where two children burnt alive in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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Jitender (father of the children burnt alive) with Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Former Chief Minister of Haryana) in Sunped village, Faridabad, Haryana.

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Traffic jam at a highway after the arrest of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Conveyor Hardik Patel on his way to protest during the India-South Africa Cricket match in Rajkot.

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Members of Patidar Yuva Sangathan gathered at an event of Lok Dayro in Surat.

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Police charge Patidaar women during their protest against arrest of Hardik Patel in Ahmedabad.

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People from Patidar or Patel community run for cover after police use baton charge to disperse the crowd protesting against arrest of their leader Hardik Patel, demanding reservation in Ahmedabad.

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People from Patidar or Patel community stop a police jeep during their protest against arrest of their leader Hardik Patel, demanding reservation in Ahmedabad.

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A large number of Patidar community women making noise with utensils during a protest for reservation in Surat.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during a meeting of SCs, STs and minorities at Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Hardik Patel, convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) brandishes a sword presented to him at a function organised by Gujjars to honour him in New Delhi.

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Hardik Patel, 22-year-old firebrand leader of Patidar Andolan Samiti addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Patel is leading an agitation for members of the Patel community demanding government benefits for them under the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota.

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The charred remains of the vehicles in Ahmedabad which were set on fire during the Patidar community's agitation.

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Army jawans conduct flag march in Ahmedabad in view of the violent agitation by Patel community.

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Mob pelting stones at the police during a clash in Ahmedabad a day after Patidar community rally for reservation.

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OBC people taking out a rally seeking reservation in jobs and education, in Ahmedabad.

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