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Railways Food Is Unsafe

GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA THE pathetic quality of food  served on  trains has become part of folklore.  The topic has become so common that it has turned stale like the food dished out on trains.  But the Indian Railways  regularly comes out with ‘remedial action taken’ explanation which is nothing more than a desperate attempt to win the commuters’ confidence back. …

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Protests For Protecting Idea Of India

SAEED NAQVI “Majrooh uthi hai mauj-e-saba Aasaar liye toofanon ke Har qatra-e-shabnam bun jaaye Ek mauj-e-rawan, kuchh door naheen’’ (The morning breeze is deceptive; it is actually a storm in the making. Who knows, even dew drops will acquire the power of torrents) MAKE allowance for poetic licence, but the mood that the protest movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Making Speed Breakers Easily Maneuverable   IT is encouraging to note that socially conscious citizens are coming forward to carry out the task where the authorities concerned have failed miserably. One such campaign is the #Rosto campaign led by Cecille Rodrigues. This campaign started by three citizens is all about going on a speed-breaker painting spree and they have reportedly recently …

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Budget 2020: Challenges Galore For FM

Ajit Ranade THE upcoming Union Budget presentation will be the first full-year budget in the Seventeenth Lok Sabha. The backdrop is a slowing economy, badly in need of a fiscal stimulus to revive growth. Growth has fallen to a seven-year low. In nominal rupee terms, the growth in the first half of this fiscal year 2019-20 is the lowest since …

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Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

Neil Rangel, St Estevam On the plea for mercy on the proposed death penalty for the perpetrators of the Nirbhaya rape-death case, I beg to differ and can expect a reasonable amount of flak for this. The President and the Supreme Court should accept their petitions and commute the death sentences to life imprisonment without parole. The act they committed …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Highway Boozing Bouts At a time when the youth of the nation, especially the students, have taken to the streets to express their displeasure over the amended citizenship Act and have ensured that their agitation against the new law has indeed found resonance across the country; a rowdy mob of youngsters in Goa were creating headlines by ‘taking on’ the …

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Child-Friendly Approach To Child Survivors

Prabhat Kumar, Manish Thakre Justice delayed is justice denied. Pendency of Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act, 2012, (POCSO), cases is causing tremendous harm to child survivors who are seeking timely justice across India. The Act stipulates that a case of child sexual abuse must be disposed-off within a year from the date the offence is reported. However, there …

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‘Controlling’ Universities Through State Power

Rajdeep Sardesai Long before Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), there was Maharaja Sayajirao (MS) University, Vadodara. Named after one of the most enlightened rulers of princely India, the university was seen as a much cherished space in Gujarat for genuine academic and cultural freedom, its fine arts department in particular nationally recognised for its creative and plural ethos. In May 2007, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Unruly Behaviour AT a time when the youth of the nation, especially the students, have taken to the streets to express their displeasure over the amended Citizenship Act and have ensured that their agitation against the new law has indeed found resonance across the country; a rowdy mob of youngsters in Goa were creating headlines by ‘taking on’ the police …

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Reassertion Of Love Jihad

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES Not long ago when the theory of ‘love jihad’ was promulgated by the right wing organizations as a systematized plot by the Islamic religious extremists to lure young Hindu girls to marry Muslim men and then force them to dance to their tunes, it was brushed aside by the Islamists and well supported by the nation’s opposition …

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