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What does it mean to be Hindu today?

What does it mean to be Hindu today?

Contrary to the assessment of many of my trolls, I am neither a Vatican agent nor a victim of love jihad. It so happens that I am Hindu, not only by birth but also belief – except that my beliefs and my idea of Hinduism appear to be rather different from those of its self-certified proponents.To me,...

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The dumbing down of a generation

The dumbing down of a generation

The reason a country has three wings of governance – the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary – is so that poll promises will not interfere with the long-term running of the nation. When politicians decide to get involved in the education system, emphasising their ideology at the cost of ge...

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Bihar elections: What options do Muslims have?

Bihar elections: What options do Muslims have?

Elections are slated to be held in Bihar merely less than three months from now. While the state is in the midst of a severe pandemic, there is every reason to believe that the elections will be held on time. While the ruling NDA is finding itself in unusually strong position due to multiple reasons...

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How our stupidity is helping Covid spread

How our stupidity is helping Covid spread

Since March, at both the national and state level, the government’s measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus have been a game of Russian roulette – they announce lockdowns overnight, in pretty much the same way they announced demonetisation, thus causing a run on vegetable markets and groce...

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India-China tension sees a judicious handling

India-China tension sees a judicious handling

Post-Doklam, China had put PLA in direct control of LAC, obviously in pursuit of a long-term strategy of putting India in its place while consolidating the Chinese hold on Pak-Afghan-Kashmir tri junction in a geopolitical contest with US and stepping up its plans for dominating the vital South China...

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The dangers of Encounter Raj

The dangers of Encounter Raj

Vikas Dubey was by no account a good man. He had been running a crime syndicate for three decades, and the world is probably—almost certainly—better off without him. He has been accused of killing at least 15 people, of whom the last 8 were policemen. With 7 murder cases, 9 attempts to murder, three...

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Spare the Military: it is no 'Fakery'

Spare the Military: it is no 'Fakery'

I am the wife of an army veteran, who commanded his regiment in the Kargil-Siachen Sector, a couple of decades ago. Time has flown, but the attachment to the Olive Green runs deep. So, it was with a deep sense of anguish, that one read the malicious post regarding Prime Minister Modi's visit to Mili...

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How we abet police brutality

How we abet police brutality

The custodial deaths of Jayaraj and Benicks – extrajudicial capital punishment for an alleged lockdown violation – have, once again, highlighted the brutality of the police.Three months ago, we watched videos of policemen lathi-charging students inside a campus library, to “teach them a lesson”. Thr...

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What custodial deaths say about police power

What custodial deaths say about police power

For more than a week, we didn’t know the facts of the case in the custodial deaths of father-son duo Jayaraj and Benicks. We didn’t even know whether the son was Benicks, Bennix, Fenix or – as the First Information Report filed by the police read – Pennis.The FIR claimed father and son had abused th...

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The isolation of our times

The isolation of our times

For more than a week, Sushant Singh Rajput has dominated our social media and news feeds. Video he himself shared on his social networking sites, photographs and videos others have taken of him, images of his family and friends taken without their consent, have all made their ways to the internet. N...

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