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It is for majority community to realise its duty not to discriminate against minorities

It is for majority community to realise its duty not to discriminate against minorities

January 9, 2020 10:26:08 am

India, for the first time since 1947, is facing a direct confrontation between hardliners and liberals, between political ideologies, and sadly, between the majority and minority communities among its great people.

JNU is one of India’s great universities. Its autonomy must be nurtured and replicated

JNU is one of India’s great universities. Its autonomy must be nurtured and replicated

January 9, 2020 10:37:55 am

Last year, a consultant came to meet me. He was commissioned to give a report on how to build globally eminent universities and since JNU had done it in my days, he wanted the “formula”. There isn’t one: A great university is built with autonomy and accountability.

JNU has been used by the Left to further its political agenda.

JNU has been used by the Left to further its political agenda

January 9, 2020 10:29:55 am

In 1983, leftist politics on campus became so violent and uncontrollable that the university had to be closed for a year.

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View From The Right: Blame It On History

January 8, 2020 1:44:12 am

In an editorial, the Organiser has blamed the “monotheism” of Communism, Islam and Christianity whose “natural corollary” is the distortion of history.

The deaths in Kota bare the light on a healthcare system founded on apathy towards the poor

The deaths in Kota bare the light on a healthcare system founded on apathy towards the poor

January 8, 2020 11:01:30 am

What is urgently required is not the involvement of private players but a sincere engagement by the state in matters concerning peoples’ health. Reports have shown that most of the babies in Kota died due to suffocation at birth; low birth-weight and infections were the other significant causes of death.

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The isolationist view of the progress of knowledge is fundamentally defective

January 8, 2020 10:47:43 am

Divisions, tensions and violence between groups and sects that political separatists promote not only damage our social lives, but also work as barriers to intellectual progress within as well as across nations.

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Present operations and aims of country’s statistical system are at alarming variance with past legacy

January 8, 2020 10:08:06 am

The danger that the system can be subverted increases when there are pressures to misuse the statistical system for political purposes. For example, there is a genuine fear that the exercise of preparing a National Population Register (NPR) as a prelude to Census 2021 could be subject to such misuse.

It’s high time that Muslim community’s tragedy that began with the Partition ends

It’s high time that Muslim community’s tragedy that began with the Partition ends

January 8, 2020 10:50:50 am

The heaviest price was paid by the Muslims who remained in India. The rich and educated Muslims shifted to Pakistan. The poor and illiterate remained in India, where they faced the anger of the Hindus.

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On the loose: Education begins at home

January 7, 2020 6:14:39 am

Bullying and misogyny go together. Parents have to be proactive.

The objections to the Citizenship Act are generally unconvincing

The objections to the Citizenship Act are generally unconvincing

January 7, 2020 9:49:58 am

The government, in retrospect, appears to have seriously miscalculated the fallout of the CAA. It either was not aware of the depth of Muslim resentment or was not bothered about it and was confident of being able to weather any storm.

Donald Trump is mistaken to think an all-out war will help his re-election chances

Donald Trump is mistaken to think an all-out war will help his re-election chances

January 7, 2020 9:54:08 am

An all-out war between the US and Iran will destabilise the region and have major economic impact worldwide. The outcome could be apocalyptic for India’s interests

A direct military contest between US and Iran is loaded in America’s favour

A direct military contest between US and Iran is loaded in America’s favour

January 7, 2020 10:11:14 am

Both Trump and Khamenei are realists. There are political constrains on them that limit the pressures of a further escalation of conflict between US and Iran.

With the violence at JNU, citizens face a stark, binary moral choice

With the violence at JNU, citizens face a stark, binary moral choice

January 7, 2020 2:03:10 pm

Something has changed in India over the last few months. In Delhi, those who watched the country change, lose its character have finally decided to show up for others. As with Jamia, so with JNU.

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JNU violence reflects an apocalyptic politics driven by a constant need to find new enemies

January 7, 2020 10:03:29 am

It is apocalyptic in a triple sense. At the level of discourse, the normalisation of the phrase “tukde tukde gang” abetted by the home minister, with the help of a pliant media, laid the background conditions for this kind of violence.

India needs its secularists to engage in open, self-critical debate — rather than polarising polemic

India needs its secularists to engage in open, self-critical debate — rather than polarising polemic

January 6, 2020 11:04:04 am

India’s secularists must wake up to the fact that the discourse on the ground has profoundly altered. More and more, mainstream Hindus feel that they are being taken for a ride under the banner of secularism.

Citizenship law threatens the very idea of India. We must raise our voices

Citizenship law threatens the very idea of India. We must raise our voices

January 6, 2020 11:00:25 am

The recent spate of legislation by the present political establishment in Delhi has pushed many to the edge, including people like me — we are now left with no choice but to raise our voices for the voiceless.

Gandhi’s dreams for the nation were dented in 2019. The new year offers hope

Gandhi’s dreams for the nation were dented in 2019. The new year offers hope

January 6, 2020 10:56:36 am

From Jamia to JNU, from Hyderabad Central University to Aligarh Muslim University, and from even the IITs and IIMs, students are dissenting. In this non-violent and aesthetically enriched resistance, I have begun to see the return of the lost dream.

View From The Neighbourhood: Bellicose India

January 6, 2020 1:24:19 am

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

Reform of grain management system could free up resources for infra investment

Reform of grain management system could free up resources for infra investment

January 6, 2020 11:08:57 am

The massive accumulation of grain stocks is the result of a very inefficient strategy for food management wherein the procurement for wheat and rice (paddy) remains open-ended, but the disbursal of those stocks remains largely restricted to PDS.

The Constitution is breached every day, denying to millions of people minimum justice, social, economic and political

Constitution is breached every day, denying to millions of people minimum justice, social, economic and political

January 5, 2020 9:20:57 am

When Nani Palkhivala propounded the theory of an unalterable and unamendable “basic structure” of Constitution, legal experts scoffed at the argument. How can the power of a sovereign Parliament to amend the Constitution (Article 368) be curtailed or subjected to a review by judges appointed by the Executive, they asked.

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