Editorial

Assault on Education

THE news about the legislations being brought forth to abolish the University Grants Commission (UGC) and to set-up a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) has brought into sharp focus the assault on education and, in particular, higher education, that is taking place under the Modi government.

Lynch Mob Killings: Wages of Impunity

THE last two months have seen a spate of mob attacks and lynchings in different parts of the country. This wave of shocking violence has led to the killing of at least 30 innocent people in 10 states over the months of May and June.

The mob attacks were sparked off by rumors of ‘child lifting’ sent out through WhatsApp messaging service. In incident after incident “strangers” who appear in villages or small towns are suspected of being child snatchers, set upon by crowds and beaten to death or seriously injured.

Emergency 43 Years Ago

THE 43rd anniversary of Emergency became, as usual, an occasion for the BJP leadership to put out its own distorted and boastful version of this eventful period in post-independent India. 

The internal Emergency declared on June 26, 1975 by Indira Gandhi was a direct attack on democracy. It ushered in an authoritarian regime which suspended civil liberties, jailed opposition leaders and activists in thousands under preventive detention, imposed press censorship and amended the constitution to introduce draconian measures.

Lateral Entry: Subverting Civil Service

THE policy announced of lateral entry into the civil service at the level of joint secretary has raised a number of questions.  The central government has advertised for ten posts of joint secretary to be recruited by a committee headed by the cabinet secretary. The applicants can be from either the public sector, universities, or, the private sector including those working in multinational companies.  The requirement is that they should have 15 years experience in the job. 

Singapore Summit: A Landmark Event

THE Singapore meeting between the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un and the president of the Untied States Donald Trump on June 12 was a landmark event. The joint statement issued after the summit committed the United States to provide security guarantees to the DPRK while Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Large-Scale Repression on Dalits

THE two months that have elapsed since the  Bharat bandh of April 2 against the dilution of the Prevention of Atrocities against SCs/STs (POA) by the Supreme Court judgment  have seen the most vicious and vindictive attacks on dalits in the BJP-ruled states of UP, MP, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

They have displayed the deep anti-dalit bias of the BJP run state governments and the upper-caste chauvinism of the Hindutva forces.

J&K: Steps Needed to Begin Dialogue

ONCE again, there is some talk about talks to be held on Jammu & Kashmir.  On May 26, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a media interview said that the government is ready to hold talks with Hurriyat, if the Hurriyat leadership is ready for such talks. As far as Pakistan is concerned, he stated that the government is ready to hold talks with Pakistan if it comes forward to hold talks but added that terrorism promoted by Pakistan has to end. 

Corporate Media Exposed

THE Cobrapost sting investigation has graphically exposed the deep rot which has afflicted major sections of the media, both print and television.

The Cobrapost expose involves 25 media organisations, including major ones, such as the Times of India, Zee TV, India Today, Hindustan Times, ABP News, Jagran Group and others.  This was the second installment of the revelations. 

AFTER KARNATAKA

THE Modi government is observing its completion of four years in office under the shadow of the debacle the BJP suffered in Karnataka. This has imbued the fourth anniversary with a political significance of its own.

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