Friday, 20 April, 2018

Opinion

Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (R) and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal (L)

The Modi govt hasn’t exactly upheld the spirit of federalism with its action on AAP posts

In the spirit of federalism, the central government could have asked the Delhi government to seek post-facto approval for the posts that were created.
A Pakistani man reads a newspaper | FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images

The censorship on media in Pakistan ahead of polls raises doubts on how fair they will be

It is not just about media gagging or the increasing number of cases related to enforced disappearances, it is also about the growing perception of political manipulation by ‘invisible forces’.
The picture tweeted by journalist Lakshmi Subramanian with Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit

Powerful men harass, infantilise and dismiss women reporters all the time

Can women journalists afford to antagonise an influential old man only because he pulled or patted our cheek or casually asked us if we’re married?

Angry about Kathua and Unnao? Here are 9 things you can do right away

This list will help us be much more mindful of what we’re saying and doing, and hold our personal politics accountable.
Rahul Gandhi at a temple in Gujarat

Rahul Gandhi must apologise for blatant and unabashed Hinduphobia on Mecca Masjid blasts

The Congress party, in the past, has used terms that are deeply offensive to large sections of the Hindu population.
Mecca masjid

Terrorism, like the Mecca Masjid blast, is too serious a business to leave Ram and Rahim ‘bharosa’

Be it Kathua and Unnao rape – or Mecca Masjid the core issue has got diverted from the crime to the religio-political dimensions of it.
Protest against rape

Two child rapes in India and Pakistan expose the shallowness of the middle class

The way Indians and Pakistanis reacted to Kathua and Kasur rapes exposed the delusion and hypocrisy of the middle classes.
Outside view of Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon

Fortis should put this bid to bed and forget its founders

The founders had taken at least 5 billion rupees of Fortis Healthcare’s cash without board approval. The market regulator, and India’s Serious Fraud Investigation Office, are looking into the company and auditors have refused to certify financial results.
modi

Under Narendra Modi, India can become a ‘jewel’ in the Commonwealth, but does it matter?

Most members of the Commonwealth found other multilateral organisations such as UN, African Union, organizations of Pacific Island States or in the Caribbean to be more relevant. Both the UK and India, for their own...
NIA

Mecca masjid acquittals show that the NIA is a caged, blind and deaf parrot

In our present system, miscarriage of justice happens when Muslims are the victims and when the Muslims are the accused. For Monday’s acquittal of the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast, my complaint is against...
journalist protest

Indian journalists face a brutal equation: Fight together for press freedoms or perish

The media can disagree, fight and judge each other. But it can survive and thrive only by closing ranks when its first principles are under attack.

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