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Simple Maths And Lazy Politics
29.02.20 - Shams Kabir


Liberal support implies limited cohorts in support outside of urban agglomerations Therefore the AAP experiment to go national failed. Their support base was largely liberal.

Nationalism and soft-Hindutva obtains the majority vote in all states bar some. As a single cohort subscribing to any concrete ideology, however faecal, they are the largest.

The Prashant Kishor formula does not need the liberals. Tell me of one political leader he has advised not to cater to the Hindutva vote bank. Even Rahul was prey and his gotra being trotted out.

None of these leaders worked to consolidate the non-Hindutva vote. They all work to their own designs. Splitting the non-Hindutva vote and hoping for a slice of the Hindutva pie.

And therein lies the problem with their political ideologies. They confuse the real liberals in their support base. And at the same time they don't make a dent in the Hindutva vote. And so you have ...
  


Delhi Tragedy: Who is to be blamed and how could it have been avoided?
DELHI RIOTS & POLICE
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju

The tragic violence in Delhi would never have happened if the Delhi police had acted in the manner the police is meant to act in a democracy, as described in the speech of Sir Robert Mark (quoted herein), that is, in a totally neutral, non political and non partisan manner, regarding only one master above it—the law.

The moment the BJP leader Kapil Mishra gave his incendiary speech in Jafrabad the police should have told him in no uncertain terms that if he or his followers broke the law they will be arrested and chargesheeted for inciting violence. Instead, throughout the mayhem and fracas in Delhi the police remained mute, indifferent bystanders, turning a Nelson’s eyes at the rampaging goons, somewhat like the German police when Nazi strong arm S.A. and S.S. thugs let loose a reign of terror on Jews on Kristallnacht in November 1938.

It is true that civil servants ...
  


Approval to prosecution of Kanhaiya; Kejriwal is trying to be too clever by half
SEDITION CASE
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju

 
I am no supporter of Kanhaiya Kumar, rather, I have repeatedly called him, and his erstwhile colleagues in JNU, Delhi Shehla Rashid and Umar Khalid, empty headed demagogues.

Nevertheless, I do not believe he, or his colleagues, committed any crime on the JNU campus on 9th February 2016 (see my article ‘JNU's protesting students deserve our full support‘). Hence I was surprised that the Delhi AAP Govt has sanctioned his prosecution.

The meeting on 9th February 2016 was to protest against hanging of Afzal Guru and support the struggle of Kashmiris. 

It is alleged that some students shouted "Afzal hum sharminda hain, tere qatil zinda hain". But I fail to see how this is sedition (even assuming Kanhaiya too shouted it, and the videos were not morphed). Moreover, I myself have many reservations about the verdict of the Supreme Court in Afzal Guru’s case.

It is alleged that Kanhaiya and others shouted seditious slogans ...
  


Dinkar Gupta was not born when Sikhs made sacrifices, forged a compact with India: Barjinder Singh Hamdard
23.02.20 - Punjab Today Media Desk

CHANDIGARH: Coming down heavily on Punjab Police chief Dinkar Gupta, the influential mass circulation daily Ajit today castigated him for suspecting the entire Sikh community, and said he was following in the foot prints of his boss chief minister Amarinder Singh who had displayed poor taste and an entirely poor sense of timing in the matter of Kartarpur Corridor.

"The police chief's statement has brought the entire approach and intention of the Congress government under a cloud," Ajit's editor and well known media baron Barjinder Singh Hamdard said in a hard-hitting editorial.

"This police chief was not even born (ਪੁਲਿਸ ਮੁਖੀ ਉਦੋਂ ਪੈਦਾ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਨ ਹੋਏ) when Sikhs made huge sacrifices to win freedom for this country. It is possible that Dinkar's memory is failing and he no more remembers what he had read or heard in his younger years, so he might not be able to recall the fact that ...
  


The Nirbhaya Case: Question Of Correct Identification
21.02.20 - Markandey Katju

 
The whole of India seems to be baying for the blood of the accused who have been found guilty in the Nirbhaya gang rape committed in December 2012 in Delhi, and are scheduled to be hanged on the morning of 20th March.

Ever since this heinous crime was committed, emotions in the country have been running high, with politicians, media persons, women activists and others howling and shrieking like the Roman mob after Caesar’s assassination, and wanting someone to be hanged, never mind that he is Cinna the poet and not Cinna the conspirator.

In this charged atmosphere it is difficult to give a cool appraisal due to the danger of being branded as a supporter of rapists. However, I would like to present my views, based on my experience as a lawyer for 20 years and a judge for another 20.

I am not for abolition of the death penalty, as I ...
  



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