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An intelligent citizen’s guide to the JNU row

On February 11, a bunch of JNU students gathered at a dhaba in the campus, and spoke of Afzal Guru (convicted of terror charges and hanged on February 9, 2013), Kashmir, BJP and other issues. Outri

JNU row: NHRC issues notices to home secretary, Delhi Police commissioner

The national human rights commission has sent notices to union home secretary, Delhi government chief secretary, Delhi Police commissioner and the registrar of the

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

Kanhaiya’s safety will be a major concern

Given the charged atmosphere over JNU protests, the Delhi police will have quite a task – of ensuring safety of the arrested JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar - at hands for the next 14 days.

“Barefaced assault on all the principles and values that our country is built upon”

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), in a press statement Thursday, condemned the use of force against

What Arundhati Roy felt about the idea of justice

Long before the JNU row, renowned author Arundhati Roy who was once booked under

Sedition law: a primer

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

How I fought discrimination at JNU

When I sat down to write about my struggle of getting an admission in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), one thing clearly struck my mind: in this country the rules, regulations and laws are interp

Voices of dissent at Jantar Mantar

In his book ‘India after Gandhi’, noted historian Ramchandra Guha describes Jantar Mantar as “mini India”.  On Tuesday, this “mini India” was painted blue.

In a free country, forceful acceptance will never work: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi

Is the freedom of expression being systematically suppressed in recent years? I do believe that there is a constant effort to do that, which is depressing. A free-th

Mental block in North 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

JNU row: Books, ideas and azaadi

I first entered JNU in July 1997, weeks before India celebrated its fiftieth year of azaadi. Like most freshers, I was overawed by JNU’s sylvan sprawl, its honeycomb of red-brick buildings, i

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

Crimes and misdemeanours

Thank You, Mr Bhim Sain Bassi, commissioner of Delhi police, for turning JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar into a nationally acclaimed figure overnight, after charging him with sedition. Delhi police,

"We don`t want freedom from India, but within India"

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union president Kanhaiya Kumar gave an electrifying speech in the university premises after his release from the jail on Thursday. He lashed out at the gov

Down and out in Begusarai

Students need time to adjust when they come from their hinterland hometowns to JNU, the other Red Fort of Delhi. For Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU students union president facing the sedition charge, the

Sedition on trial

The arrest of JNU students under section 124A of the Indian penal code (IPC) for protesting against the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has kicked off a debate over the relevance

Poetry, passion and politics

 Students, faculty and staff drawn from all classes, castes, regions and religions make JNU a microcosm of the country. The institution reflects a rich diversity of cultures, languages and lif

Did you find Kanhaiya`s speech impressive?

Did you find Kanhaiya`s speech impressiv

‘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

Afzal Guru is not my icon, Rohith Vemula is: Kanhaiya Kumar

 A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was released from jail and delivered an electrifying speech in the university premises the student

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

#StandWithJNU: The story so far

 "JNU has a history of making rulers – of different hues – uncomfortable. The latest attack on it is unprecedented, but it will survive and continue its job in democracy,"

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

JNU, University of Hyderabad are best universities in the country: Survey

The Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Hyderabad, two universities which have made headlines on the issue of nationalism, are the best universities in the country, according to

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

Smriti Irani no more fire and brimstone

Smriti Zubin Irani’s fall from grace is dramatic. The minister who would regularly wade into nasty controversies had it coming all this while and one needn’t be taken aback.

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

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



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