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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 […]

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The day of reckoning

The day of reckoning

When the depth of evil seems too daunting to measure, it is good to cautiously prepare for the time when oppression will end, as Bernardo Bertolucci’s films show

BY: Ruchir Joshi Bernardo Bertolucci’s film 1900 (Italian title: Novecento) is an epic, two-part saga that follows two boys, Olmo and Alfredo, who are born on the same day on the same farming estate in 1901. Alfredo is the son and heir of the zamindar family, while Olmo is the grandson of the leader of […]

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Remembering Allama Iqbal

Remembering Allama Iqbal

BY: Peer Bilal Baba & M. Altaf Kumhar Dr Allama Iqbal, a Sialkot born philosopher and poet, studied literature, law and philosophy at Government College at Lahore, Cambridge University, and then did his PhD at the University of Munich. Eighty years down the line, his dream of Muslims return to an early phase of Islam […]

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It’s time for India to confront Hindutva

It’s time for India to confront Hindutva

BY: Aijaz Zaka Syed A Pakistani friend of mine, who has always had a soft corner for India and has extended family on both sides of the border, is most bewildered these days at the way things have been unfolding in India under the current order. “I do not have words to express my distress […]

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Marginalised from school

Marginalised from school

The Centre must review the lack of implementation of the Right to Education Act across the country

BY: Shashi Tharoor Although the recent Budget session of Parliament was appallingly disrupted by the ruling party’s surrogates and Question Hour did not function most of the time, some things did work, almost on autopilot. Written questions submitted by MPs were indeed answered in writing – I got 26 of my questions admitted and answered […]

 Akeel Rashid

Student protests: What to do?

Student protests: What to do?

The widespread student protests unfolding in the Kashmir Valley seemingly have no end in sight and with the triggers and motivations for the same constantly changing, it is unclear as what’s ahead in this regard. This academic year, the student protests originated in reaction to the civilian killings in the South Kashmir, and now, from […]

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Shaken to the core in Kathua

Shaken to the core in Kathua

The chilling details of the Kathua rape are important, but so is the disturbing politics behind it

BY: Zoya Hasan & Farida Abdulla Khan The tragic and gruesome rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu, with a blatantly communal agenda (as suggested by the details that have come to light in the charge sheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir police), and the events following it, demonstrate a descent […]

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A Small Town Protest

A Small Town Protest

A march in Kodaikanal draws a line from Kathua to Unnao.

BY: Rajni George This Monday at 5:30 pm, several hundred men, women and children marched silently in Kodaikanal, through pouring rain, to demand justice for the children and women raped in Kathua, Unnao, Surat and elsewhere. Kodaikanal, a township of about 40,000 people, is a relatively quiet town in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, […]

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In the line of fire

In the line of fire

BY: William Horsley FIFTY-THREE Commonwealth heads of government will meet for a summit in London from April 16 to 20. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the UK minister of state for the Commonwealth, lauded it as a unique network of 53 states with a responsibility to exert global influence based on a shared commitment to democracy, […]

 Jawed Naqvi

Before breaking into a song

Before breaking into a song

The tribal communities in India are fighting a desperate battle for survival against a predatory state backed by big money.

  YET again they were singing and reciting Faiz. Elsewhere they perhaps do the same with Sri Sri, Kazi Nazrul, Pash, Robin Ngangom or other revolutionary versifiers in different Indian languages. An announcement at the Delhi meeting said there could be no genuine protest without Faiz, which is true. There is hardly a meeting of […]

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