A spate of lynchings

As violence and mistrust take over, citizens are no longer encouraged to connect with others and nurture solidarity Democracy establishes a conversation between citizens and the power elites they have elected into office. Citizens initiate and sustain various conversations with each other through associational life in the space of civil society. Associations bring people together
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How a team of dedicated and defiant journalists worked to bring out a newspaper, hours after their editor was assassinated “We thought it was a burst of crackers,” says Faisul Yaseen, Rising Kashmir ’s Associate Editor as staccato fire shook the window panes of the newsroom. It was around 7.25 pm, just 15 minutes to
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Barring a few exceptions, the judiciary has not been encouraging on quotas The Supreme Court’s one line order that the government can go ahead with promotions in government offices — which will have bearing on Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) reservations in promotions — has come with the caveat “in accordance with law”. This is no
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Old communal tensions return to haunt Sri Lanka’s Eastern province as sections of the Tamil community object to Muslim women embracing the abaya. Meera Srinivasan reports on the widening fault lines in the island nation’s ethnically most diverse region The arch above the school gate sits like a crown over the pillars that support it
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#MeToo without due process could subvert the goals and values of the rule of law, including equality The legal system has failed women in India. In two recent cases, we saw even lawmakers and enforcers becoming perpetrators of sexual violence or defending the accused. The chilling details of the Kathua and Unnao cases are telling
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There must be a thorough inquiry intothe lead-up to the deaths in Thoothukudi The protest against the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Copper in Thoothukudi has witnessed its deadliest turn so far, with the death of 12 people in police firing. It was clear the movement would put up a show of strength on May
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When all opinion is converted into strict binaries, the possibility of a common ground recedes further An intriguing audio clip where one set of listeners swears it can hear ‘Yanni’ and another swears it’s ‘Laurel’ has become the Internet’s most contentious topic since the famous gold-or-blue dress war that erupted in 2015. The New York Times has
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The wave of lynchings in Tamil Nadudemands a firm response from the police Three recent incidents of lynching in Tamil Nadu, unrelated except for the mindless violence and brutality, are grim reminders of the power a mob can wield. While arrests have been made in all three cases, and warnings issued by law enforcement authorities,
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In the current debate on the place of the Muslims in India, one variable has not been factored in — their socio-economic situation — as if the dominant repertoire had shifted for good towards the politics of symbols and identity. In socio-economic terms, Muslims are losing ground rapidly, even if their situation is deteriorating more
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My first bitter, teeth-gnashing sense of defeat as a father was the sight of a bumpy red welt on my little one’s cheek. My daughter, all of three months, had been bitten by a mosquito in her sleep. I woke up with a rush of guilt for sleeping through the droning buzz. I felt humiliated
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