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Kathua rape hits J&K politics, two BJP Ministers quit

Two BJP Ministers, who addressed the Hindu Ekta Manch rally after the rape and murder of a minor in Kathua, submitted their resignations to the party on Friday. “The two leaders have submitted their resignations. The final call on them will be taken at the meeting of the BJP legislators on Saturday,” BJP spokesman Ashok…

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The Pathalgadi rebellion

It is high noon at the government middle school in the heart of Maoist-affected Arki block in Jharkhand’s Khunti district. Over 100 Adivasi villagers have gathered in the school’s playground with bows and arrows and slingshots, called ‘Gulel’ in the local language. They raise slogans, make proclamations. “We are the Bharat Sarkar (the Indian government).…

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Kovan arrested for ‘promoting enmity’, gets bail

Folk singer and social activist Kovan was arrested by the Tiruchi City Police on Friday on charges of promoting enmity between groups through a song mocking the recent Ram Rajya Rath Yatra (undertaken by a VHP-affiliated organisation) and denigrating the Prime Minister and Chief Minister during a protest held in Tiruchi last month. A few…

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Preventing accidents

Bald data on Indians killed or injured in road accidents put out annually by the Centre obscure the human impact of the carnage on national and State highways, as well as urban and rural roads. Given the level of official indifference, it would be unsurprising if the deaths this week of at least 23 children…

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Divided we fall: on the 15th Finance Commission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thinks vested interests are behind the “baseless” allegation that the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission are biased against certain States or a region. He did not name the region, but he was clearly responding to growing clamour from the southern States for a rethink on the parameters for…

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