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Does sedition law apply to JNU & Assam cases or is it being used as tool to stifle dissent?

Ten JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya have been charge-sheeted under the sedition law for raising ‘anti-India’ slogans in 2016. Meanwhile, in Assam, scholar and Sahitya Akademi awardee Hiren Gohain has been charged with sedition for a speech he delivered against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, along with journalist Manjit Mahanta and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti chief Akhil Gogoi. ThePrint asks: Does sedition law apply to JNU & Assam cases or is it being used as tool to stifle dissent? Sedition law is a colonial remnant and needs to be scrapped Kapil Sibal Senior leader, Congress There is no iota of doubt that the sedition law needs to be scrapped right away. It is a remnant of the colonial era and there is no place for it in 21st century India. It was used in colonial era to force people to fall into line and it is being used today by the...
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Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid charged with sedition for 2016 JNU protest

Three years after protest on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s death anniversary, Delhi Police has filed its chargesheet in the JNU row.
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What Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid & Umar Khalid plan to do with their JNU PhDs

The trio, who became face of 2016 JNU protests, rule out joining active politics, claim they will stick to academics and research.
Arun Ferreira after he was arrested by the Pune police in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence case, in Mumbai | PTI

First they came after JNU, now it’s human rights activists: Umar Khalid

As election nears, fictitious enemies are being propped up to divert attention from Modi government’s failures.
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I’m a Muslim and a leftist, but I’m also a citizen of this country, says Umar Khalid

We have an ideology which talks about one nation, one religion, one culture, one idea - and whatever doesn't fit into that has to be physically eliminated, said Khalid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-0F6R0Ktbo Also read: Being a Muslim in India today is a disadvantage, says Umar Khalid  
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Being a Muslim in India today is a disadvantage, says Umar Khalid

Says he’s more than just a Muslim, accuses those in power and even opposition to ‘some extent’ of having normalised violence. 
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It wasn’t the gun that targeted Umar Khalid, but the relentless state campaign

'JNU type' isn’t an unfamiliar catchphrase, we hear it every time someone speaks of human rights.

2 men detained for attack on Umar Khalid say they are cow vigilantes: Police

The duo told police they thought attacking Khalid will draw attention to the issue of cow protection.

Independence under question, and a race to reach space

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint. The selected cartoons appeared first in other publications, either in print or online, or on social media, and are credited appropriately. 'Limited independence' On the occasion of India's 72nd Independence Day, cartoonist Sandeep Adhwaryu suggests Indians enjoy limited independence to speak their mind. Over the past one week alone, political cartoonist Satish Acharya quit his job because an editor dropped his submission, and an alleged attempt was made to kill JNU scholar Umar Khalid, a critic of the government. A race? Cartoonist Gokul Gopalakrishnan takes a dig at the rupee's recent fall. The Indian currency breached 70/$, a record low, Tuesday before making a slight recovery. 'On our side' Some people, including journalists, have declared former cricketer Imran Khan's swearing-in as Pakistan Prime Minister a test of patriotism for the Indian invitees, his former colleagues Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu. While the first...

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File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.


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India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
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Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.