Friday, 19 October, 2018

Governance

MJ Akbar has filed a criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani | @mjakbarofficial/Facebook

Editors Guild pledges support to women journalists, asks Akbar to withdraw defamation case

Editors Guild says it will help complainants get legal aid if M.J. Akbar does not withdraw case against journalist Priya Ramani or files similar cases against others.
File image of DUTA walking in protest | DUTA Press release

Before Modi, Lord Curzon had tried to gag university teachers in 1903 and failed

Curzon, Viceroy of British India, had brought in the Indian Universities Bill to give larger control to the govt, but had to amend it after stiff opposition.

BJP latches on to another poll promise it may not be able to keep — expelling ‘infiltrators’

BJP's calculation is that illegal migrants is an issue that's still burning, and a promise it hopes will entice voters to bring them back to power.
Image of a French Jaguar | Flickr

To keep IAF flying, India will pull aircraft from French graveyard

India is the only air force in the world still flying the Jaguar aircraft, and will now ‘cannibalise’ retired aircraft for spare parts.
Mehul Choksi | Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images

Interpol to issue red corner notice against Mehul Choksi after tough response by ED

Enforcement Directorate refused to share 'sensitive details' pertaining to the Rs 13,600-crore fraud, saying that would mean “helping the offender.
Devotees wait for opening of the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala | PTI

Few women, none from banned age group, enter Sabarimala temple amid protests

Young female devotees hoping to visit Sabarimala temple were turned back as hordes of Hindu right activists besieged the road leading to the temple. Nilackal...
Sabarimala Temple

These are the groups trying to stop women from entering Sabarimala temple

From an influential band of Nairs to group of NRIs, there are many who want to stop women from entering Sabarimala temple, despite SC orders.
Representational image | Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The women who are not for #Metoo in India

A few female journalists and politicians have vehemently opposed and openly criticised the stories narrated by women as part of the #MeToo movement.
Devotees and activist protest against the Supreme Court verdict revoking a ban on women's entry to Sabarimala's Ayyappa Hindu temple | Getty Images

Not just a bar at Sabarimala, menstruation has got women ostracised & labelled witches

It may not be the primary argument, but the age bar at Sabarimala has often been justified as an attempt to keep out ‘impure’ menstruating women.
Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar leaves MEA | Kamal Singh/PTI

Union Minister MJ Akbar resigns over sexual harassment charges

MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has resigned after several women journalists accused him of sexual harassment.
Potted cannabis plants | Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

High time India, the land of bhang, legalises marijuana

Regulation allows cannabis buyers to know what they’re consuming and moderate their intake, in the same way that a drinker can distinguish and choose between a whiskey and a beer.
Ajit Doval

The new Doval Durbar reduces India’s layered security system to a top-down Caliphate

Ajit Doval is now India’s all-powerful security boss. But this concentration of power disrupts our layered security system.