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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dalitality: Hindu, Muslim, and the nonsense of it

December 15, 2019 2:08:54 am

The Hindu-Muslimisation of India’s past and present falls well into the trap of Brahminical rhetoric of theocratic nationalism that wants the world, and Indians in particular, to believe in this dichotomy and not about the grand legacy of Buddhism and the internal violence of caste.

Out of my mind: Myanmar, and an Asian atrocity

December 15, 2019 1:54:17 am

The astonishing thing is that the case has been brought by Gambia. Not by any neighbouring Asian nation. Not Malaysia nor Indonesia nor Pakistan.

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Life as an ‘ad hoc’

December 15, 2019 1:45:12 am

Women ad hoc teachers facing loss of job over maternity is a regular phenomenon. More than losing life to illness, ad hoc teachers fear losing their jobs over illness.

Fifth column: Dangerous priorities

December 15, 2019 1:29:22 am

May I urge the Prime Minister to examine the priorities of his government and set a new agenda. At the top of this has to be the economy.

Across the aisle: India’s soul is wounded

December 15, 2019 12:19:27 am

In short, the amendment Bill has introduced a new route to acquire citizenship — citizenship by executive fiat.

The Uighur Connection: Why a besieged community in China evokes fear in Central Asia, Afghanistan

The Uighur Connection: Why a besieged community in China evokes fear in Central Asia, Afghanistan

December 14, 2019 12:15:29 pm

The tragic fact is that the Uighur, as a small Muslim community in China, have responded to the stimulus of al Qaeda in the region and come to Pakistan in gangs to attack the country’s “deviation” from true Islam.

Scars of CAB protests will further burn bridges between northeast and rest of India

Scars of CAB protests will further burn bridges between northeast and rest of India

December 14, 2019 12:16:13 pm

Politics after CAB: On the one hand, are principles emptied of meaning. On the other, a clear-headed majoritarian project.

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The Urdu Press: CAB concerns

December 14, 2019 12:15:36 am

The Etemaad of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslameen says, “We need to oppose this kind of hathdharmi — meaningless stubbornness.”

CAB will end persecution of those for whom Partition is an ongoing reality

CAB will end persecution of those for whom Partition is an ongoing reality

December 14, 2019 12:17:07 pm

It is a moment of pride for all of us as this step will further strengthen India’s centuries-old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values.

Assam feels let down by BJP as it pushes CAB against the people’s wishes

Assam feels let down by BJP as it pushes CAB against the people’s wishes

December 14, 2019 12:18:00 pm

The people still had great trust in Sonowal, who was once hailed as a jatiyo nayok (national hero). They believed that he would not let something like the CAB happen.

Citizenship Bill makes distinctions that are reasonable, does not violate Article 14

Citizenship Bill makes distinctions that are reasonable, does not violate Article 14

December 13, 2019 1:33:04 pm

Many doubts have been cast on the legality of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. However, the Bill does conform to India’s constitutional spirit. Here’s how.

India is losing the promise of inclusivity

India is losing the promise of inclusivity

December 13, 2019 1:33:48 pm

Who is a citizen? Constituent Assembly debates dealt with that question, and came up with the widest possible humanist answer.

Mind the statistics gap

Mind the statistics gap

December 13, 2019 1:34:23 pm

Growing divergence between consumption expenditure estimates from NSO surveys, GDP data is too big to be pushed under the carpet.

Farmer unions need to expand the scope of their advocacy

Farmer unions need to expand the scope of their advocacy

December 13, 2019 1:34:50 pm

Affiliation to political parties has been a poisonous pill for the unions. Their leaderships have often become family affairs, where affiliation is rewarded by plum positions when their political mentors are in power.

We need to invest in four wings of criminal justice system — police, prosecution, judiciary, prisons

We need to invest in four wings of criminal justice system — police, prosecution, judiciary, prisons

December 13, 2019 1:35:24 pm

This joyous reception of an “encounter” and the police officers involved only proves that people have lost faith in India’s criminal justice system. It also shows that the malady runs deep and recovery is so distant that shortcuts have become the preferred mode of execution.

PMJAY can help bridge the gender gap in availing of healthcare services

PMJAY can help bridge the gender gap in availing of healthcare services

December 12, 2019 9:55:30 am

Among the three major specialty services provided by PM-JAY— oncology, cardiology and nephrology — a majority of the users of oncology services are women. However, there are large gender gaps in the use of cardiology and nephrology-related services.

India’s RCEP choice was born out of the many complexities of its development needs

India’s RCEP choice was born out of the many complexities of its development needs

December 12, 2019 9:43:39 am

There is also a need to support the newer kind of farmers’ organisations that are coming up. The need for initial financing for such arrangements, drawing in private rural savings and other financial sector savings, is tremendous.

The morning after CAB: It will be a mistake to rely just on Court

The morning after CAB: It will be a mistake to rely just on Supreme Court

December 12, 2019 10:15:56 am

The political challenge is to make sure that one party’s diabolical version of what is reasonable is not mistaken to be common sense. It will require using the BJP’s tactics.

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Oppn during UPA years and SC judgments must share responsibility for current economic mess

December 12, 2019 9:52:48 am

Government must recognise that fear and enterprise don’t go together. Keep the ED and the CBI at bay and ensure that income tax authorities act within the law. Enterprise alone can help fuel our economy. Otherwise the Ides of March are not far away.

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Citizenship law, proposed nation-wide NRC will revise conception of group rights in India

December 12, 2019 9:47:33 am

A nation-wide combination of the CAB and NRC will mark India as the natural habitat of Hindus while deriding some Muslims as “foreigners”. Indians will be called Indians not only on territorial grounds but also on ethno-racial and religious lines.

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