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The golden era of caste politics is still ahead of us

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With his stupendous re-election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has transcended caste, we are told. Caste-based regional parties have again lost to great development, never mind that the elections happened at a time of economic slowdown and record unemployment.

Victors get to write history. And so, Modi declared on 23 May 2019, “Only two castes will remain in this country. And, the country is going to be focused on only these two castes. The first caste in India is the poor. And, the second caste is people who contribute towards alleviation of poverty.”

One is reminded of this claim as the BJP celebrates the court upholding reservation for the Marathas in Maharashtra, brought in by the Devendra Fadnavis government. The BJP’s social army trended #DevendraRealMaratha on Twitter.

Also read: 50% cap breached with Maratha reservation: Will this reignite quota politics across India?

If India has only two castes now — the poor and those who help alleviate poverty — why is Yogi Adityanath government changing the status of some caste communities from OBCs to SCs? Tinkering with caste category status to make some communities get more reservation benefits is standard caste politics. We thought the BJP wasn’t........

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