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Politics of students

The violent clashes between the cadres of two youth wings of political parties — the BJP-supported Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Left-supported All India Students’ Association (AISA) – outside Delhi University’s Ramjas College, over the cancellation of a seminar invitation to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid, bode ill for peace in the university. Umar Khalid was charged with sedition a year ago in

DRS issues

The capitulation within three days in the first-ever Test hosted by Pune has put the spotlight on India, for the wrong reasons, so to speak. When the pre-series talk was about a clean sweep and how the Indian spinners would run roughshod over the visiting Australian line-up, which was dubbed the weakest in recent times, Steve Smith & Co seemed to have come better prepared. On a rank turner, it

US and us

The shocking racial attack in which an Indian immigrant engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead while two of his friends (one of them an Indian named Alok Madasani) were seriously injured in crowded Austins Bar and Grill in Kansas city of the United States is a grim reminder of the dangers that US President Donald Trump’s diatribes against immigration poses to immigrants. An American good Samaritan who tried to intervene was also shot. This

More needed

Pakistan government’s move in putting Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed on terror list need hardly be a cause for euphoria in India just yet. Only time will prove whether this is, for a change, anything more than an eyewash. On umpteen occasions in the past, we have got deceived by seemingly positive signals that flattered to deceive. The Ministry of External Affairs has described the ‘house arrest’ of Hafiz Saeed as

BJP stays firm

The story of the civic elections in Maharashtra whose results were declared yesterday, has been the pulverisation of the Congress which ruled the most prestigious civic body, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) until 1995, the spectacular rise of the BJP across the State without the Shiv Sena shoulder to lean on and the restricted appeal of Uddhav Thackeray, whose Sena pipped the BJP in Mumbai but failed to make inroads in

Shameful crime

The abduction of a popular Malayalam actress on Friday last in Kerala by a car-borne gang that gagged and molested her for over an hour was heinous and disturbing at many levels. That it was some what akin to some scenes in the Hindi movie ‘Pink’, where a similar kidnap and rape drama was played out, adds to the trauma and morbidity. While there is widespread outrage in fi lm

Not bankable

It is a matter of much concern that bad loans of banks have shot up by a whopping 135 per cent in the last two years and now constitute 11 per cent of the gross advances of public sector banks. That the gross non-performing assets (NPAs), of State-owned banks surged 56.4 per cent to Rs 614,872 crore during the 12-month period ended December 2016, and appear set to rise further