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Uneasy calm in DU
Action should be taken against those behind the violence at Delhi's Ramjas College in order to restore normalcy
An uneasy calm prevails in Delhi University's North Campus with anxiety and tension gripping colleges and hostels after two days of violence early this week. Discussions and dialogue between various groups of students are still continuing for restoration of peaceful atmosphere that should be the norm for serious academic activity. The trouble started on Tuesday when members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student organisation linked to the BJP, stormed Ramjas College to disrupt a seminar titled "Cultures of Protest" organised by its English department and the literary society. The organisers focussed attention on the participation of Umar Khalid, a student leader from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who had been controversially booked for sedition last year in a p...
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Massacre in Sufi shrine
Terror attack in a Sufi shrine is a reminder that Pakistan needs a composite plan against terror and radical elements
The tragic suicide attack last week on a Sufi shrine in Sehwan in Sindh province of Pakistan that resulted in the killing at least 80 persons and injuries to over 100 others brings to the fore fears of Islamic State and other radical elements gaining strength in the neighbouring country. It is all the more tragic that all those pilgrims who lost their precious lives were not at fault nor were suspecting such attacks inside the Sufi shrines in Pakistan. It is also unfortunate that the shrine which has been revered not only in Pakistan but the world over for its preaching of peace and harmony has become the target of radical elements, who know nothing other than resorting to senseless violence. People of all faiths from the sub-continent have been flocking for centuries to this Sufi shrine ...
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Price cap on medicines
Well considered and monitored price regulation is a positive step but more needs to be done on maintaining transparency
In the absence of a clear and firm policy on the part of the NDA-government on control and de-control of life saving medicines and medical equipment, there has been a steady increase in their prices in the market causing immense inconvenience to the patients in India. Moreover, knee-jerk reactions from the centre to de-control costs of life saving medicines and drugs particular close to three-years back contributed in three-time price hike of all the medicines, which are required on daily basis. Similarly, capping the prices of medical stents, which are used to treat coronary artery disease, by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is an extreme regulatory measure necessitated by the market failure that afflicts the overall delivery of health care in India. Rising costs of ...
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Acquitted but damned
Delhi blasts court verdict shows the deliberate bias in the way terror acts are investigated
Justice delayed is justice denied. The acquittal by a Delhi court last week of two persons in the 2005 Delhi bomb blasts that killed 67 people after spending dozen years behind bars can hardly be seen as delivery of justice. Of the three accused of plotting and carrying out the terror strikes, two - Hussain Fazili and Rafiq Shah - were acquitted of all charges. Tariq Ahmad Dar, who the police claimed was the alleged mastermind, could not be convicted of conspiracy, though he was found guilty of the offences under section 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activites Prevention Act. The court verdict said several leads in the investigation were not "properly verified" before reaching a conclusion. While Dar has already served two years more than his prison term, the other two completely acquitted of cha...
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Tainted politicians in govt
Prolonged delay in adjudication of corruption cases against politicians makes mockery of judicial system in India
Sasikala's conviction in a twenty-one year old case, sealing her chances of becoming a chief minister in Tamil Nadu, just when she was a step away from it, has been seen as a victory of justice but the timing of a verdict on the long pending case raises serious question mark about the functioning of the legal justice system with respect to serious charges against politicians, especially those who continue to remain in power and by virtue of that decision makers in policy making. The verdict is not only linked to the future of Tamil Nadu politics, where tussle for power continues to be an ongoing battle. It is also an appropriate occasion to inspect how and why such corruption and criminal cases against political wigs are kept pending and are curiously propped up for a dramatic effect. The...
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Breathing polluted air
Indian rulers need to shift gear for controlling air pollution levels if health of the common masses tops priority concerns
Indian government's initiatives on reducing pollution levels in the air in most of the urban areas appear to have failed as the number of people dyeing due to environmental bad air, people breathe in, increasing on annual basis. The recent report that pointed out that almost 1.1 million people die of bad air breathing annual should act as an eye-opener for the governments of the day at the centre and other states of the country. The number of people affected by polluted air is on the increase as per the details listed in the report in the recent past and there is a need for urgent steps to contain air pollution to save the common masses. This is happening contrary to the number of people dying on annual basis in China, which has been facing this problem for the last almost two decades. In...
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Decoding the General's belligerence
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
General Bipin Rawat's outburst against Kashmir's protesting crowds is anything but sane. The government's attempt to grant legitimacy to his words in the name of 'nationalism' reflects a shoddy bias. Forget all emotiveness over these words, it is important to decode the message and its possible impact. The immediate inference that can be drawn from his deliberate or clumsy choice of words is that they are provocative. The other is that they are an open admission that Kashmir can no longer be handled militarily. "We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with these acts of terrorism, displaying flags of ISIS (Islamic State) and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helt...
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Provocation and Pacifism
Chidambaram may be guilty of mishandling Kashmir as home minister but that should be no reason to disregard his saner words
Both the provocative utterances of the Army chief Bipin Rawat with respect to Kashmir's stone pelting mobs and the pacifism of Congress leader P. Chidambaram necessitate an honest inquiry. The former union home minister has hit the nail on the head by calling the General's remarks as 'intemperate' and has favoured a political resolution of the Kashmir issue. The remarks have been inspired by the recent encounters in the Valley in which besides army, the security personnel and the civilians have inflicted heavy casualties. While villagers in Kulgam's Frisal alleged on Sunday that a civilian killed in Sunday's encounter was used as a human shield by the security forces, the latter has averred that combat operations have become extremely difficult in view of the hostile climate created by th...
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