In 2016, Karnataka charged students, union leaders with sedition -— Amnesty latest

Bengaluru : The police investigation against Amnesty International India -- for slogans raised during an event the global advocacy organised -- is the second such sedition complaint registered in Karnataka this year after a complaint from the student's wing of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

जस्टिस मार्कंडेय काटजू के नाम खुला पत्र

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आदरणीय जस्टिस मार्कण्डेय काटजू,

आपके फ़ेसबुक पोस्ट(यहां पढ़ें - 'प्रधानमंत्री के ऐतिहासिक भाषण' को मैंने ग़ौर से पढ़ा. इस भाषण में, बलूचिस्तान और पाकअधिकृत कश्मीर के भीतर मानवाधिकारों के हनन और पाकिस्तानी राज्य द्वारा इन इलाक़ों में नागरिक अधिकारों के कुचलने के उल्लेख को एक सन्दर्भ बिंदु बनाते हुए आपने जो परिकल्पनाएं प्रस्तुत की हैं, उन पर मेरे कुछ आकलन और सवाल हैं.

UN Human Rights head raises issue of access to Kashmir

By Arul Louis

United Nations : UN Human Rights head Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed regret that his officials were not being allowed into the Kashmir Valley or into the part being governed by Pakistan, marking a departure from the world body's hands off approach so far to recent developments there.

India's education crisis of its own making

By Amit Dasgupta

A recent report tabled in parliament that over 100,000 schools in India have just one teacher is an alarming wake-up call for the government and all stakeholders. However, it also offers a genuine opportunity to transform India's archaic education landscape now that a new policy is under discussion.

Social media helps bring aid to Assam's flood-affected

By Azera Parveen Rahman

Jorhat (Assam) : In this age of social media, no event can remain ignored for long and the floods in Assam are no exception.

Every year, floods hit the northeaster state, ravaging districts and affecting lakhs of people. This year, the devastation was on a bigger scale, with many calling it the worst floods in the last two decades. Even as people and animals grappled to survive, help came from across the country. And social media played a big role in that.

Let’s enjoy our freedom

By Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi for,

What Makes Modi Angry

While Modi’s belated rebuke to the cow brigade is welcome, it is unfortunately selective and is motivated by the upcoming polls in UP, Punjab and Gujarat

Aijaz Zaka Syed for,

Narendra Modi is seldom known to lose his cool. Indeed, this one quality, the unruffled serenity in the face of multiple storms, often has the combined opposition and pundits all worked up but to little effect. So if the Prime Minister has lost his famous composure, there must be a good reason for it -- and there is.

UP politicians give chameleons a run for their money

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : Changing their hues comes naturally to politicians. They switch parties -- and ideologies -- with bewildering ease. And as the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections draw close, they are changing colours so fast as to give chameleons tough competition!

Modi: Facing up to the threat within

By Amulya Ganguli

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has given its guarded approval to Narendra Modi's criticism of the cow vigilantes.

Notwithstanding the caveat that Modi should not have said that 80 per cent of the "gau rakshaks" were fake, the endorsement marks a giant leap forward for the Hindu supremacist organisation since its note of consent can be interpreted as the sanctioning of a "pseudo-secular" position vis-a-vis the holy cow.

Cow vigilantes should be declared terrorists: Vemula's online diary

Preetha Nair

New Delhi : Back in December 2015, well before politics over bovines took centrestage in India, the late Rohith Vemula, the Dalit scholar from University of Hyderabad, wanted cow vigilantes to be declared terrorists and sent to rehabilitation, according to his online diary published by Juggernaut Books.

In the book "#CasteIsNotARumour: The Online Diary of Rohith Vemula", collated and edited by journalist Nikhila Henry, Vemula, comes down heavily on cow and caste politics in the country.