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Kshatriya Parmar Community members take out a rally on the occasion of 'Raja Bhoj Jayanti' in Bhopal.

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Maratha community members celebrate after the verdict of Bombay High Court, at Hutatma Chowk, in Mumbai. HC upholds constitutional validity of reservation for the Maratha community, but asks the government to reduce it from 16 per cent to 12 to 13 per cent, as recommended by the State Backward Classes Commission.

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A Sindhi language class in progress at a Mumbai college

Sindhis in Ajmer celebrate Cheti Chand, the Sindhi New Year

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Protestors from the Maratha community take part in a rally demanding reservation, in Karad, Maharashtra. Maratha outfits have called for a bandh in Maharashtra, a day after a man demanding reservation for the community jumped to his death in a river in Aurangabad district.

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The victory pillar at Bhima Koregaon on January 1

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

Members of Rajput community shout slogans against film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Jammu.

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Members of Rajput community burn an effigy of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and shout slogans as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Jammu.

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A woman signs a banner during a signature campaign as part of a protest, organised by members of Bharat Kshatriya Samaj, against the release of Bollywood movie "Padmavati" in Kolkata.

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Members of Rajput community shout slogans as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Members of Rajput community hold placards as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Panchayat in Bibipur in Jind district of Haryana in July 2012

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Rajput community protest meeting against state government for demanding Gangster Anandpal Singh encounter inquiry by the CBI, in Jaipur.

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Karntaka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, former PM HD Devegowda, Union minister Ananth Kumar, BS Yeddyurappa and others participate in Balija Community Bruhath Samavesha, in Bengaluru.

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PAAS convener Hardik Patel with supporters at the court in Surat.

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Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PASS) convener Hardik Patel address a press conference at his house, in Ahmedabad.

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Members of Jain community take part in a procession with on the occasion of 2573rd foundation day of Jain community, in Ahmedabad.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben being welcomed by Tailik Sahu Samaj, in Patna.

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Police lathicharhe a miscreant after a clash between two communities flared up at the Main Road, in Ranchi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being thanked by BJP OBC MPs at Parliament in New Delhi for passage of the OBC bill in Lok Sabha which accords constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBCs).

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being thanked by BJP OBC MPs at Parliament in New Delhi for passage of the OBC bill in Lok Sabha which accords constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBCs).

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being thanked by BJP OBC MPs at Parliament in New Delhi for passage of the OBC bill in Lok Sabha which accords constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBCs).

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Jat women protestors sitting on a dharna demanding reservations in government jobs at Jasia village, in Rohtak.

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Kurami community block railway tracks during their agitation demanding ST status for them in Purulia, West Bengal.

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Jat protestors sitting on a dharna demanding reservations in government jobs, in Hisar.

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Jat protestors sitting on a dharna demanding reservations in government jobs, in Hisar.

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Jat women protesters on tractor to reach at Jassia village for dharna during their agitation for reservation at Jassia village, in Rohtak.

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Jat protesters at a rally during their agitation for reservation at Jassia village, in Rohtak.

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Jat protesters during the second day of their agitation at Jassia village, in Rohtak.

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Maratha Community staging Chakka Jam andolan (road blockade) on the Pune-Bangalore National Highway against the state government over non-implementation of their demands, in Karad, Maharashtra.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at a meeting with Jat community leaders, in Chandigarh.

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A Haj pilgrim being welcomed by her relatives upon her arrival from Mecca, at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal.

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Members of Dalit community hold a protest against the Una incident, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Congress activists protest against BJP, RSS and SAD for the anti-dalit polices in Amritsar.

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Members of Dalit Community block the traffic during a protest in Ahmedabad against the assault on dalit members by cow protectors in Rajkot.

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Supporters of Sardar Patel Group leader Lalji Patel lifts him on their solders at Sabarmati Central Jail after being granted bail, in in Ahmedabad.

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Members of the ancient Samaritan community walk during the holiday of Shavuot on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus. Samaritans descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim but broke away from mainstream Judaism 2,800 years ago. Today, the remaining 700 Samaritans live in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank and the Israeli seaside town of Holon, south of Tel Aviv.

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Jat protesters during their agitation for reservation in Jasia village of Rohtak district, Haryana.

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Jat members shout slogans during their agitation for reservation at Sindhu border in Sonipat.

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Police personnel patrol at the railway station in Gurgaon as they are being deployed at various sensitive places in the view of Jat agitation for the reservation.

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Investigators inspect the area inside the Jawahar Park where Thursday's clashes between police and ecroachers claimed several lives, in Mathura.

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Police men standing near Jawahar Bagh in Mathura on Friday, a day after violent clashes with the encroachers.

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Charred bicycles following a communal clash after a shop, belonging to a member of the minority community, was got forcibly evacuated in Roorkee in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district.

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Heavy police force arrive to control the situation following a communal clash after a shop, belonging to a member of the minority community, was got forcibly evacuated in Roorkee in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district.

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A group of youth protesters throwing stones at police after clashes erupted when a motorcyclist was thrashed by traffic cops during a scuffle, at Batamaloo area in Srinagar.

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Shops closed in a Patidar dominated area of Ahmedabad during Gujarat bandh call by the community.

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Members of Patidar Community take part in funeral procession of Bhavin Khunt in Surat. Khunt committed suicide by a consuming poison during "Jail Bharo Andolan" for the release to PAAS Convener Hardik Patel.

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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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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing at Bhimrao Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary celebrations at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.

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A Bahraini woman photographs riot police approaching as anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas after the funeral of an 18-year-old wanted youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain.

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People from Muslim community write 'Bharat Mata ki jai' with their blood as a way to show their disapproval with MIM's chief Asaduddin Owaisi's recent comment to not raise that slogan, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

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Members of Jat community during a day-long protest in Rohtak.

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Farmers and Members of Dalit Seva Samiti protest against the yesterday's police lathicharge on them.

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Police try to control fire and clearing a road that was blocked by Patel community in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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An army person patrols along the Munak canal, near the village of Bindroli. The water crisis in Delhi eased on Monday with security forces securing the canal by evicting Jat agitators in Haryana state.

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Members of Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti protesting for their demand of reservation in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.

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Army during a flagmarch in Rohtak city which is under curfew after protests by Jat community, who are demanding reservation in government jobs and education.

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Buses set on fire as the Jat agitation for reservation intensifies in Sonipat.

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Jat community people block a road in Gurgaon during their agitation for reservation.

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People of jat community jam the Gurgaon- Alwar National Highway near Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Chowk in Gurgaon during their agitation for reservation.

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Jat community members block the railway tracks during their agitation for reservation.

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Jat community members turn violent during their agitation for reservation.

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Protesters vandalize and damage vehicles during a pro caste quota protest in Rohtak, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of New Delhi.

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Police lathicharge Jat community members during their agitation for reservation.

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Jat community members clash with other community members during their agitation for reservation.

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Police arrive at the site after Jat community members torched a motorcyle during their agitation for reservation.

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Leaders if Khap Panchayat road blcok NH 10 near Sampla town of Rohtak during their agitation for reservation.

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Jat community members protest during their agitation for reservation.

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samitee (PAAS) Hardik Patel being produced at a Metro Court in Ahemdabad, Gujarat.

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Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Shariq Ahmad Bhat, a suspected rebel, in Bandnu village, some 52 kilometers (33 miles) south of Srinagar. Bhat was killed in a gunbattle with Indian government forces.

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An Indian police man throws stones at Kashmiri Muslim protesters as they clash in Naina village some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Srinagar. Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted leaving a man dead and two others wounded, officials said.

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Kashmiri Muslim protesters throw stones as they clash with Indian police men in Naina village some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Srinagar. Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in Kashmir, leaving a man dead and two others wounded, officials said.

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Youths pelting stones at police personnel during clash in Srinagar which erupted following the arrest of JKLF Activist Ashiq Hussain on charges of attack.

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An Indian Muslim man talks with policemen deployed as part of enhanced security to mark the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition in the old city of Hyderabad. In 1992, tens of thousands of Hindu extremists ripped apart the16th century Babri mosque at Ayodhya in northern India as security forces watched. Hindus say it is the birthplace of their god Rama and contend a temple to him stood on the site before the mosque.

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Indian police detain Muslim activists of Darsgah Jihad-o-Shahadat (DJS) during a protest on the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition in the old city of Hyderabad. In 1992, tens of thousands of Hindu extremists ripped apart the16th century Babri mosque at Ayodhya in northern India as security forces watched.

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Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, Hardik Patel is taken to the court in Surat , Gujarat.

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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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Patidar Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel leaves to appear before Gujarat High Court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Bishnoi community women during Annual Khejadli festival at Khejadli village.

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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 on Saturday.

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Prabhaben Patel, mother of Shwetang Patel, weeps as Convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Hardik Patel consoles her during prayer meeting of her son in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meets a delegation to discuss issues related to Jat Community, in New Delhi.

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Volunteers train at military base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Signs emerged of a reprisal sectarian slaughter of Sunnis in Iraq, as police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen detainees after insurgents tried to storm the jail northeast of Baghdad.

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