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Indian state grants new job quotas after caste violence

Patidars marching on the streets of Gujarat

By: Eastern Eye Staff

A state in western India said on Friday it will reserve 10 percent of government jobs and university spots for people whose income falls below a certain threshold after deadly caste protests last year. India sets aside a proportion of official positions and post-secondary places for its lower castes to try to counter historic discrimination, but that has caused deep resentment among other communities, who say it freezes them out. At least 10 people were killed when thousands of Patidars, a relatively well-off caste of farmers and traders, took to the streets in the western state of Gujarat to demand…

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