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Dainik Jagran calls Air India ‘loss-making’ company, Bhaskar on economy’s good & bad news

A weekend round up of editorial comment in leading Hindi newspapers on the most topical issues of the day.

NIA focus in Bhima-Koregaon probe will be on accused named in FIR but not arrested yet

There are at least 6 Bhima-Koregaon violence accused named in 2 FIRs since 2018 who have not been arrested so far.

Historians’ silence on Bhima Koregaon allowed BJP to brand it as ‘urban Naxalism’

For Dalits, Bhima Koregaon wasn't just a battle between British and Peshwas but a reclamation of their prestige following centuries of caste discrimination.
A trial court was the first destination for the police and the accused the night five activists were arrested.

Pune court rejects activist Gautam Navlakha’s bail plea in Bhima Koregaon case

Activists Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bhradwaj and Varavara Rao are facing charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for alleged links to Maoists.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud

Why liberals won’t be looking forward to DY Chandrachud’s term as CJI after Ayodhya verdict

Liberal credentials of Justice DY Chandrachud, hailed by media and the progressives for his dissenting views, have been inconsistent, to say the least.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Supreme Court extends protection from arrest to Gautam Navlakha in Koregaon Bhima case

The Supreme Court extended social activist Gautam Navlakha's interim protection to 12 October while hearing his plea challenging the Bombay High Court order.

Not Tolstoy, it was Biswajit Roy’s ‘War and Peace in Junglemahal’ that HC judge asked about

Justice Kotwal clarifies he knows Tolstoy’s War and Peace but his question was about another book. Arrested activists’ lawyers say media created the confusion.

Does War & Peace taunt show how poorly equipped Indian judges are to handle security cases?

A Bombay High Court judge reportedly questioned activist Vernon Gonsalves over keeping a book named ‘War and Peace’ at home.
Bombay High Court Justice Sarang V. Kotwal

‘War and Peace’ judge has made news before — with matrimonial cruelty & acid attack cases

Justice Kotwal, who became additional judge of Bombay HC in June 2017, asked why activist Vernon Gonsalves possessed Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’.
Activists protest against the arrests of activists and alleged state repression, in New Delhi | Kamal Kishore/PTI

My mother was wrongly jailed for ‘waging war’ on India. A professor with bad knees, no bed

Our Supreme Court sings paeans to the supremacy of ‘human liberty’. What good is ‘liberty’ if you have drained a human’s life even before a trial has begun?

On Camera

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Harappan meat row not the first. Museums and gods have always collided

Historical facts take a backseat when you have gods on display. And it’s not just the babus in National Museum, museums struggle with religious artefacts world over.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties?

Five days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he has said that “the big (trade) deal” is being saved for “later”.

Defence

PM Modi with US President Donald Trump

Donald Trump visit set to further consolidate US-India collaboration in Indo-Pacific

During Donald Trump’s visit next week, both the US and India could issue a joint declaration to lay down roadmap for larger cooperation in Indo-Pacific region.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.