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Bihar elections: Can development trump caste?

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Patna: Bihar, despite being imbued with casteism, is gradually taking to developmental politics. With head on collisions between BJP led NDA and the JD(U)- RJD- Congress combine, Janta Parivar, encapsulating the political milieu in the state on developmental issues, it seems that Bihar is gradually traversing through new found paths against the much talked caste based politics.

Photo credit: indiaopines.com
Photo credit: indiaopines.com

However, development might bear variegated meanings for people. For some, development might mean caste empowerment, whereas for some development might mean little more than caste or rather development in the literal sense. Though casteism hasn’t received a redundant stature in the state, it has started cohabiting with the development card played by political stalwarts like Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi.

Immediately after the poll schedule was announced on Wednesday, BJP didn’t spare a second to play its development plank. “The BJP will go to the people on the issue of development. The BJP is ready to face the challenge,” said former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, as quoted in a leading daily.

Considering the critical juncture looming the state, NDA hasn’t announced its candidate for the post of chief minister. Modi is leading NDA in the state and has also doled out a whopping amount of Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package for the state and to this was added the inclusion of 21 districts of the state as backward.

In an attempt at getting back at the political stalwart Nitish Kumar announced a package of Rs. 2.7 lakh crore.

The electoral politics in the state has taken to a different essence; however, the result would decide the fate of the state, whether it would be guided by caste or development.

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Demand For Removal Of Twitter’s Blue Tick In India

Netizens demanded the removal of blue ticks on Twitter in India

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Netizens took to Twitter on Wednesday asking the microblogging site to remove the blue tick in India. Pixabay

Netizens took to Twitter on Wednesday asking the microblogging site to remove the blue tick in India.

Since morning, thousands of Twitter users have posted comments with the hashtag #cancelallBlueTicksinIndia accusing the microblogging site of discriminating against Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC) activists.

“Why to have a pattern which further divides the society. Your biased approach is exposed @TwitterIndia @jack selectively blocking accounts of Ambedkarite’s and not verifying their accounts reflects the casteist mentality of @Twitter #cancelallBlueTicksinIndia #SackManishMaheshwari,” a user wrote.

“Twitter is mirroring Varna system, authenticating the voice of some and silencing others.
#cancelallBlueTicksinIndia,” wrote another user.

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To remove blue ticks, ‘#cancelallBlueTicksinIndia’ is trending on Twitter. Pixabay

The row started after the account of senior columnist Dilip C. Mandal got restricted. He later got back the account. But Mandal continued the tirade against Twitter. As others joined him, flurry of tweets followed under #CasteistTwitter, #JaiBhimTwitter and #SackManishMaheswari. Manish Maheshwari is the Twitter India Managing Director.

In a statement to IANS on Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson said the platform’s “commitment to inclusion and diversity is fundamental to who we are at Twitter and crucial to the effectiveness of our service.”

Denying the allegations, the Twitter spokesperson said it has “one set of Twitter Rules”.

“To make it clear, we have one set of Twitter Rules and we enforce our policies judiciously and impartially for all individuals — regardless of their political beliefs, religious ideology, professional position or background,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have ongoing efforts to provide local market context when developing and enforcing our global policies. We extensively cover gender and religion (including caste) in our trainings, to provide reviewers with the local context they need to evaluate content. Our Hateful Conduct Policy prohibits behaviour that targets individuals based on protected categories (including caste),” the spokesperson added. (IANS)

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