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Other Backward Castes (OBCs)

BJP Plans 70 Meetings In Poll-bound UP To Mobilise OBC Voters

Sep 01, 2021 Bhavna Vij-Aurora

The BJP has tasked state OBC leaders Keshav Prasad Maurya and Swatantra Dev Singh to be “arms of CM Adityanath” and lead the party to victory

BJD Decides To Field 27% OBC Candidates In Odisha Panchayat Polls

Aug 13, 2021 Outlook Web Bureau

The BJD’s move comes barely three days after a delegation of the party MPs met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought a legislation to raise quota for OBCs in the state.

As Politics Over OBCs Hots Up In Odisha, BJD Seeks Law To End 50% Cap On Reservation

Odisha is among the few states which are yet to accord 27% reservation to OBCs because of the 50% cap imposed by the apex court in the Indra Sawhney case.

OBC Bill: 127th Constitutional Amendment Bill And Why Opposition Is Supporting It

Aug 09, 2021 Bhavna Vij-Aurora

The Amendment Bill seeks to restore the powers of states to notify backward classes, bypassing a May 2021 Supreme Court ruling that said only the Centre could notify socially and educationally backward classes (SEBCs).

Monsoon Session: Govt Gets Support On OBC Bill Amid Row With Opposition

Opposition on Monday lent its support to the Centre on a constitutional amendment bill allowing states and union territories to make their own Other Backward Classes (OBC) list.

06 August, 2021

BSP Will Support Centre If It Takes Concrete Steps For Holding OBC Census: Mayawati

Outlook Web Bureau

Her remarks come close on the heels of Nitish Kumar seeking an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the tricky issue of caste-based census which the Centre has proposed to hold only for SCs and STs.

02 August, 2021

OBC Reservation: 55% Reserved Posts Lying Vacant In Govt Universities

Outlook Web Desk

Apart from central universities, the Ministry of Education's data showed 89 per cent of the posts sanctioned for OBCs lying vacant in the Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore.

08 July, 2021

Modi Govt Fulfilled Patel’s, Mookerjee’s Unfinished Agenda; Is Ambedkar Next?

Suman K Jha

There are now as many as 47 members from disadvantaged communities in the 77-member Council of Ministers.

26 June, 2021

Fadnavis Vows To Retire From Politics If BJP Fails To Restore OBC Quota In Local Bodies

Outlook Web Bureau

The senior BJP leader said OBCs are being purposely deprived of the political reservation.

20 March, 2021

Maratha Quota Case: Where Is Equality If There Is No Limit To Reservations, Asks SC

Outlook Web Bureau

The SC made the observation while hearing pleas challenging the Bombay HC verdict which upheld the grant of quota to Marathas in admissions and government jobs in Maharashtra.

20 January, 2021

Maratha Quota: SC To Decide On Plea Schedule On February 5

Outlook Web Bureau

The High Court had accepted the Maharashtra government's argument that the Maratha community was socially and educationally backwards.


10 November, 2020

Jats, Muslims Renew Quota Demand Amid Gurjar Agitation In Rajasthan


Jats and Muslim communities demand inclusion in the Central OBC list

27 October, 2020

Marathas Want Reservation Under SEBC, Not OBC Category: BJP MP Sambhaji Chhatrapati


The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018 was enacted to grant reservation to people of Maratha community in Maharashtra in jobs and admissions.

02 September, 2020

Sub-Classification Of Caste – Divide, Decimate And Rule

Mehmood Pracha

The author writes that 'almost 90 percent of India’s positions – both in public and private sectors, especially those of leadership – are occupied by people belonging to the so called Upper Caste'.

23 July, 2020

Political Collapse Of Bengal's Upper Caste 'Bhadralok' Hegemony And BJP's Prize

Aniket Ghosh

This caste divide in Bengali society is responsible for the rise of the BJP in the state. Since 2012, the RSS has made great inroads by community outreach initiatives in the clusters where Dalits and other marginalised groups are concentrated.

20 June, 2020

Caste-based Reservation Is Compensation For Historical Exploitation And Marginalisation

Umesh Kumar

It is the collective responsibility of all of us to ensure an equal society by promoting reservations and affirmative action till we achieve the goal of annihilation of caste.

03 December, 2019

MP: OBC Groom Attacked For Riding Horse During Marriage Procession In Malwa


Eleven people have been arrested in connection with the incident which occurred in Bhadwasa village, 42 kms from the Agar Malwa district headquarter, on the night of December 1, an official said.


21 November, 2019

HRD Ministry Orders IIMs To Implement Reservation In Faculty Positions

Outlook Web Bureau

Reservation in IIM appointments has been a controversial issue for years with the institutes arguing that scientific and technical posts are exempt from the reservation.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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