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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.
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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?

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Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.


A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.