In the first official admission of the Telangana government’s role in Hyderabad ‘encounter’, a senior minister said there was “pressure for immediate action” and that the “credit goes to the Chief Minister”. Srinivas Yadav also said “reconstruction of crime scene…wouldn’t have happened without permission from above” and that the police action is a “message for the entire country”. Arun Janardhan reports
A speech in the rain, a night of long knives, unlikely friends and heartbreak hotels. In every episode of the drama that led up to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, on every step outmanoeuvring the BJP, behind every stitch sewing up the Sena-NCP-Cong alliance, lay the calm hand and calculating head of Sharad Pawar. Nirupama Subramanian interviews the NCP chief on the art of making friends, his role in the Maharashtra alliance and what it means for the country.
With Internet yet to be restored four months into the August 5 lockdown in the Valley, thousands of students hoping to apply for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for entry into medical courses have been facing a tough time. Over 20,000 students from Kashmir appeared for the NEET exams last year and sources say the number is likely to increase this year.
India’s economy is being run without the aid and advice of competent economists. The last one was Dr Arvind Subramanian. Imagine teaching a doctoral programme without a professor or performing a complicated surgery without a doctor! Running an economy without reputed economists — and through incompetent managers — is the same, writes P Chidambaram.
On December 6, soon after news broke of the ‘encounter’ deaths of the four men accused of raping and killing a 26-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, celebrations broke out in a middle-class gated community in the suburbs of Hyderabad. However, the rape victim’s younger sister is still struggling to find closure. “How can I be happy? I last saw her on the evening she went missing,” she says.
Amol Palekar won a standing ovation as he returned to theatre after 25 years with the production, Kusur. A week before, on his 75th birthday, he had opened the play to a similar reception at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. “The challenge is to keep the audience absolutely glued to the seats,” says Palekar in an interview to Dipanita Nath.
The second-fastest man on the planet, Yohan Blake, is also a cricket fan. At the Idea Exchange, Blake spoke about Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his contribution to the game. “Virat Kohli is very powerful in India. If something is wrong, if he speaks up, the big guys listen. If you are that type of person and you reach that stage, you can speak up, and it will help, you should use the platform and speak,” said Blake.
The only woman Chambal dacoit in the past decade and a half, Sadhna Patel was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Police on November 17 amidst a blaze of attention. Descriptions like “Aatank ka paryay (terror incarnate)”, “khoonkhar (ferocious)”, “dasyu sundari (bandit queen)” were bandied about as police paraded the diminutive 22-year-old before cameras. However, her true story might be a lot tamer. Milind Ghatwai reports.