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Shuddh Desi Romance: Celebrating the politics of love

On Valentine’s Day this year, the media had more important news to cover than the expected moral policing by self-appointed guardians of Indian culture. Arvind Kejriwal was ta

New integrated building for information commission in Delhi

The Chief information commissioner (CIC) of India will soon have a new office complex in New Delhi. The CIC has been allotted land for a building at the old JNU Campus. The building will be constru

Sedition law: a primer

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where I spent a decade studying and researching hi

Chomsky, Pamuk, others in solidarity with JNU

Linguist and activist Noam Chomsky and novelist Orhan Pamuk are among a host of thinkers who have come out in support of the students and teachers of JNU who have been protesting the

Kuldip Nayar on JNU row: Let pluralism survive

On their way to independence, the Muhammad Ali Jinnah-led Muslim League chose to create a separate nation on the basis of religion. While Pakistan was conceived under the two-nation theory as a hom

On JNU, North Block has a mental block

2014 – ghar wapsi; 2015 – cow slaughtering; 2016 – anti-nationalism. This has been the year-wise growth in India under the slogan of ‘achche din’. With the trampling o

‘People’s hero is born!’: Kanhaiya overwhelms twitterati

Kanhaiya Kumar has captured the imagination of many with his measured, calm and yet witty words during his speech Thursday night and the press conference on Friday. He was ‘trending’ on

Letter to my daughter: Why JNU matters

Dear daughter, You asked me about the JNU episode the other day. For

Nationalism and its discontents

Here is an anecdote of 2007 vintage. A well researched book on the history of Gujarat’s maritime trade with central Asia was being released. The small audience in the hall was largely made up

Kanhaiya, this is not fair: you must thank these people for your stardom

Though Jhandewalan sees a rat in this story, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar has become a star of sorts overnight – or over 22 days. With the “freedom” speech on Thursday night, fo

Taxpayers, citizens and the idea of university

T Mohandas Pai, a respectable corporate leader, represents a wider audience when he targets JNU students and their

Harvard Uni Press backs Sheldon Pollock against JNU baiters

Sheldon Pollock, a preeminent Indologist who has been facing criticism from Hindutva hardliners and right-leaning academics after he expressed solidarity with the JNU students and teachers facing a

Why Nehru would not have taken sides in the JNU debate

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has always been a bastion of the left. Decades ago, people in power saw to it that JNU moved on the left beat. Recently, JNU students (and possibly some unidentifi

Delhi HC order on Kanhaiya`s bail: Not in order

On March 2, the Delhi high court granted bail to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case registered against him in connection with a function o

Tele-jingoism: JNU coverage calls for media regulation

On the afternoon of February 25, outside the Allahabad district court, a mob of more than 200 people including men wearing black robes of the lawyer’s uniform attacked a peaceful dharna by th

We should feel proud to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: Sahasrabuddhe

In an attack on communists, BJP national vice president, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe called them self-proclaimed custodians of intellectualism, and said that we should feel proud to say ‘Bharat Mata

Being anti-national

Of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about the charges of sedition, anti-nationalism, anti-democratic, being levelled against the students of JNU commemorating Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon. The qu

“Banning commercial surrogacy is the only way forward”

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which aims to stop commercial surrogacy, was approved by

“If RSS had no connection to the Gandhi assassination, why was it banned then?”

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been questioned by both the opposition and the judiciary for his alleged comments which accuse the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for Mahatma Gandhi’

“But for black economy, each one of us would have been seven times richer”

What do the income disclosure or amnesty schemes reflect on the government? What it suggests is that the government under the normal schemes is not able to take care

The year that was

2016 was a year that kept India on the edge. The dramatic decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was like a bolt from the blue, forcing people to stand in serpentine queues at banks a

100-day old mystery of the missing JNU student

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed has been missing for 100 days now after an altercation with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists and sleuths are still groping

When JNU took truncheon blows to save its beloved liberalism

Few knew who Kanhaiya Kumar was before February 9, 2016, a day that saw a protest at Jawaharlal Nehru University which spawned a tsunami which ruthlessly tried to flatten the ideals of tolerance an

One year of JNU row: Reposting postcards and letters

“Initially, I found myself eagerly attending every post-dinner lecture in the mess by headline-makers of all political hues, the left, right and centre. Why I stopped going to the ABVP events

A blotch of saffron on Indian universities

University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University and now University of Delhi…the free space for discourse is steadily being squeezed out of universities in India as the Rashtriya Swayams

Leave me alone, pleads Gurmehar Kaur who is moving out of Delhi

Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who spoke up against the ABVP on Twitter, has announced that she is withdrawing from `Save DU campaign` on Tuesday morning. The campaign was being held to pr

Row in Ramjas: A timeline

Ramjas College organised a seminar on ‘Culture of Protest’ in which JNU’s Umar Khalid and Shela Rashid were invited as speakers.   ABVP le

Awana ko gussa kyun aata hai?

As a seventh grader participating in a painting competition in his school in Noida, he had drawn two flags inside the triangular halves of a kite – the tricolor representing India and the gre

Trial by media is the very antithesis of the rule of law: HL Dattu

Media trials, under the guise of debates, have become the new normal today. These ‘media debates’, which seem more like screaming matches, completely overlook the nuances of the issue b

At JNU, all that is beautiful and “solid has melted into the air”…

Dear “Professor” Vice Chancellor,    When the clamour is made all around us, and rightly so, about the condition of growing degeneration of quality e

A tank would look good in JNU

A proposal by JNU vice chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar to place a tank in the prestigious university has got mired in controversy, with liberals highlighting its pointlessness and neo-nationalis

The wolf and the lamb

At no other moment in the history of Indian national life after Independence the dalits are as oppressed as this moment: dalits are set ablaze, slaughtered like animals on the slaughtering bench of

Centres for social exclusion and womens’ studies face uncertain future

 As many as 167 centres for womens studies and 35 centres for social exclusion are facing an uncertain future as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has to take a call on whether to continu



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