OPINION

 OPINION

Expecting ‘education’ to be apolitical is a flawed idea  

Expecting ‘education’ to be apolitical is a flawed idea  

By: MIR SEENEEN While majority of the people especially the ones constituting the Intellectual Class, have resorted to censorious criticism of students for flooding the streets in demand of justice by terming it as absolute “Hooliganism” and “Rowdyism”- to me, it signifies a great sense of responsibility and reasonableness, as the youth have realized their […]

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The changing structure of riots

The changing structure of riots

They are challenging the very essence of government and politics in Indian democracy

BY: Shiv Visvanathan The recent riots in West Bengal and Bihar have got stuck in the gullet of Indian democracy. These riots are disturbing not only as new rituals of violence but as part of the more cynical narratives of electoral democracy. In fact, as acts of violence, they are depressing thrice over as events. […]

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Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder

Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder

What should we make of Ai Weiwei's 'Laundromat' installation?

BY: Hamid Dabashi On a fine early afternoon in late March a young German-Iranian friend and I walked into the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar – and we wondered. We were there to see the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s “Laundromat”: “A traveling installation”, as the official description of the exhibition […]

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Panchayati raj at 25

Panchayati raj at 25

BY: Mani Shankar Aiyar I write this as I fly to Thiruvananthapuram on April 24 for the Silver Jubilee National Panchayati Raj celebrations organised by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration. It is ironic that while the Left Front in Kerala and the BJP at the Centre, both of which voted against Rajiv Gandhi’s historic […]

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 Urdu and patriotism

 Urdu and patriotism

BY: Mohammed Ayoob The language that gave the country the most popular slogan of the independence movement and produced unmatched patriotic verses during the freedom struggle suffered the most from Partition. Wrongly associated exclusively with Muslims and appropriated by Pakistan as its official language, Urdu has languished in India since Independence. “Inquilab zindabad” or “long […]

 Akeel Rashid

Banning Tuition Centers: Sweeping problems of Education under the carpet?

Banning Tuition Centers: Sweeping problems of Education under the carpet?

Education Minister, Altaf Bukhari, is right in saying that “the private tuition centers are proving to be a distraction for the students in Kashmir” but with this right thing which he has asserted, keeping education and politics apart, the minister has also raised a right question, at the right time which no one but he […]

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A summer of gathering discontent

A summer of gathering discontent

BY:  Sanjay Hegde At the First Round Table Conference in 1930, B.R. Ambedkar reminded his audience: “The men who fought with Clive in the battle of Plassey were the Dusads, and the Dusads are Untouchables. The men who fought in the battle of Koregaon were the Mahars, and the Mahars are Untouchables. Thus in the […]

 Akhter Bhat

No more violence in Asifa’s name, please!

No more violence in Asifa’s name, please!

  Public protests play an important part in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural life of all societies. Protests encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry. They strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs. However there is a thin line that separates protests from public violence. Though the Constitution of India protects the right to assemble peacefully, however […]

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Fiddling with a WMD

Fiddling with a WMD

  BY: UPENDRA BAXI The Indian Constitution has, among several unwritten basic human rights, the right to have miracles performed unto people. One miracle is that politicians must take care not to practise politics; rather, they must do “development,” propagate “nationalism” and uphold “national interests”. It is as weird to say that business barons should […]

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The Republic of Impunity

The Republic of Impunity

Gang rape is the ultimate act of impunity

BY: P Chidambaram Nirbhaya’s rape and the brutal attack on her in December 2012, and her death subsequently, shook the conscience of the nation as no similar crime in the recent past had done. It attracted a description that is not often used — bestiality. She was subjected to gang rape, brutalised, thrown out of […]