PM Modi said Ambedkar was more than a Dalit icon-- he was the equivalent of Martin Luther King. This is not the first time that the PM has tried to find parallels of international statesmen in Indian leaders.
Hasan Kamal, in his column in Inquilab on the same day, writes: “After the incidents at Dadri, and now at JNU, the world has once again started looking at the secular status of India with doubt and misgiving."
In 1978, the Establishment raised eyebrows about calling a ‘Pakistani’. However, the Students Union stuck by its guns, Faiz came and was feted by the JNUSU, defying both Indian purists and the Pakistani state.
Earlier this week the Backward Classes Commission recommended up to 27 per cent reservation in the private sector. The new Clause 5 in Article 15 allows for reservations to be valid for unaided educational institutions but it has not been made into a law which can be implemented in nearly 11 years.
The tears of the mother, Asha Devi, were not only the tears of a mother but a comment on our legal and justice system, particularly in view of the fact that the juvenile involved was said to be the most sadistic.
Fruit-seller Mohammed Bouazizi act of setting himself on fire had sparked a ‘revolution’ and it led to imitation-attempts in neighbouring Arab countries resulting in a complex chain of events in Arab countries - what the world came to know as 'the Arab Spring'.
State elections in Delhi, Bihar, local elections in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, a Lok Sabha by-election in Madhya Pradesh and the latest municipal and panchayat polls in Gujarat saw adverse results for the ruling BJP party.
His politics, conditioned by his reflexive anger at what he experienced as the only “untouchable” in the course of his schooling, and life in his village, put upliftment of his community at the centre of his concerns.