Violence

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Media

Violence at Aligarh Muslim University and the role of Republic TV

Shocking reports emerge of the role played by Republic TV in the events that unfolded at the Aligarh Muslim Universtity campus. Reports from students describe incitement, accusations of “terrorist college” and violence by BJP activists, including a gun fired. Not the first time that TV crews were present and ready to cover BJP affiliated violence.

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Democracy
Human rights

How about a NationalWalkout?

We failed as a society – not the first time We are ashamed of ourselves – damn right, we should be We will never forget – until the next time it happens again And we fail, we feel ashamed and we forget How about we try something different? How about we really show our elected […]

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Politics & Political Commentary

Some thoughts on rising intolerance, paranoia and plain irrationality

I tend to have very strong opinions, so my contempt for the increasing “stupidification” of India is hardly a secret. This is a cause for alarm, because it is indeed contagious. Political views, gender, caste, class, religion are not barriers to this epidemic. The reason for it is the natural human tendency to reply in […]

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Democracy

The politics of human rights

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. ~ Anatole France Rights, like laws are determined by the powerful to address problems they face or allow actions they prefer and apply “equally” to all. These also happen […]

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Corruption
Media

Open letter to Indian media about Lok Sabha Elections

Dear media, India is witnessing an unprecedented event. It is the largest election to date in the world. We have them every five years, but our population has grown since our own previous record. So has the reach of mass media and social media and mobile phones. Recent developments in the country have raised the […]

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