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India to Set Aside Half of Federal Jobs for Underprivileged

<i> Associated Press</i>

Half of all federal jobs will be set aside for India’s underprivileged, the government decreed Wednesday.

A similar proposal three years ago to reserve more jobs for low-caste Hindus and other underprivileged groups was buried after weeks of rioting, mostly by high-caste students who feared their futures would be jeopardized. Nearly 100 young people committed suicide in protest or despair, and 68 people were killed in violent demonstrations.


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