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    Rajinikanth Will Not Contest Lok Sabha Polls, Says 'No Party Should Use My Photo'

    Chennai: Ending months of speculation, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who floated his outfit the Rajini Makkal Mandram as a precursor to launching a political party, made it clear on Sunday that he would neither contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls nor support any party. He appealed to the people of Tamil Nadu to vote for a party who they believed would be able...

    • 22 min ago
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    Pulwama Aftermath: What's Best for Modi May Not Be What's Best for India

    Narendra Modi was in Srinagar recently and was seen waving at someone while cruising on the Dal Lake. This generated some mirth on social media as people wondered who he was waving to when the civilian population was shut indoors owing to strict security measures. It may well be that Modi was greeting security force personnel who tirelessly man the perimeter of the lake,...

    • 22 min ago
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    Pulwama Fallout: From Social Media to the Streets, Calls for Revenge Feed Political Agenda

    The national capital and several other parts of India on Saturday, February 16, witnessed a cycle of extraordinary events. Since early in the morning, reports started pouring in of Kashmiri students being harassed and even physically targeted across many parts of India - including a frightening episode in Dehradun where a mob led by Bajrang Dal...

    • 22 min ago
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    Excluding Geelani, J&K Administration Withdraws Security of Five Separatist Leaders

    Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration Sunday issued orders to withdraw security of five separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, officials said. Besides the Mirwaiz, the security cover for Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah has been withdrawn, they said. However, there is no mention of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali...

    • 4 hrs ago
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    After Abduction of Labhpur BJP Leader's Daughter, Mob Vandalises TMC MLA's Car

    Labhpur: Tension gripped Labhpur area in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Saturday as a mob smashed local TMC MLA Manirul Islam's vehicle and chased him, forcing him to take refuge in the local police station, police said. The incident comes days after the daughter of BJP leader Suprabhat Batyabyal was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint here. The girl's mother lodged a...

    • 4 hrs ago
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    The Egg Debate Boils Over - Will Governments Stop Playing With Children's Food?

    This week, the prime minister made headlines by serving midday meals supplied by Akshaya Patra at a school in Uttar Pradesh's Vrindavan. While he engaged in banter with the children about being late, one of the students wittily interjected that she didn't mind as she had already eaten at home. While the child's innocent reply divulges the current government's...

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    Are Upwardly Mobile Indians Suffering From a Deficit of Moral Courage?

    ' Principal, VP Resign After Ahmedabad College Refuses to Host Jignesh Mevani'. The headline was so unusual, it took a minute to sink in. At a time when heads of academic and cultural institutions are not just toeing the government line but bending over backwards to obey its diktats, a college principal and vice-principal actually resigning in protest over their...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    Fear Grips Trapped Kashmiri Students in Dehradun Amidst Bajrang Dal Offensive

    New Delhi: Hundreds of students from Kashmir studying in Dehradun have shut themselves in their rooms or whatever accommodation they have been able to find. After a day of protests in the valley town led by the Bajrang Dal, the students 'fear for their lives', as The Wire was told over the phone. Between 1,500 and 2,000 Kashmiri students study in various colleges...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    Court Grants Transit Remand to Manipur Police to Take Student Leader to Imphal

    New Delhi: A local court in Delhi on Saturday issued a transit remand to a team of Manipur police to present student leader Thokchom Veewon before the court of the Imphal East District chief judicial magistrate (CJM) by February 19. Veewon, an advisor to the Manipur Students' Union of Delhi (MSAD), was picked up from his rented accommodation in Saket by a joint team...

    • 19 hrs ago
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    Minorities Panel Says Hindutva Groups Using Pulwama to Target Muslims, Kashmiris

    New Delhi: Thursday's gruesome suicide attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force in Pulwama which left over 40 jawans dead and many more injured has evoked strong protests across the country. However, in many places reports are coming in of these protests being used by right wing groups to incite hatred. On Saturday, the Delhi Commission for Minorities...

    • 19 hrs ago

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