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UP and above

It’s a remarkable victory for BJP. The UP win makes the BJP an indomitable political force across the country. Though the Punjab victory is a consolation for Congress, the real story is in Uttar Pradesh as it is the largest State. However, the Congress revival and the BJP defeat in Punjab cannot be insignificant. With UP’s ‘adopted son’ Narendra Modi leading from the front, the BJP has ended up with

Law not on course

It is unfortunate indeed that a person of the level of a judge of the Calcutta High Court is defying the country’s deeply-respected Supreme Court in a brazen and highhanded manner. The majesty of the apex court is beyond parallel and no one can be allowed to play with it and mock it. That in an unprecedented order a seven-judge bench of the apex court headed by no less than

Visa vicissitudes

After the drive by the Trump administration in the US to weed out illegal foreign workers has come its misplaced initiative to remove foreign workers who have won permission to work legally. It is a measure of President Donald Trump’s paranoia that the department of justice has filed a brief in the Washington DC court of appeals seeking a 60-day freeze in a case involving employment authorisation for H-4 visa-holders

Lurking danger

The low-intensity blast on a Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in Madhya Pradesh which injured 10 people, the arrest of eight members of a group in MP and UP in a co-ordinated anti-terrorist action, and the gunning down by the Anti-Terror Squad of a terrorist named Saifullah who was holed up in a house in Lucknow all point to one thing—that the Islamic State, the dreaded West Asian radical group, is striving

No peace in Kerala

Clichedly called as God’s own country, Kerala is, in recent times, far from it. Violent clashes between cadres of the CPI-M and some Hindu groups have marred the tranquillity in this southern State which is going through a political transition, with the Congress-led United Democratic Front facing an existential crisis, the Left struggling to hold on to its new-found dominant position through hook or crook and the RSS-BJP slowly but

Firm action needed

The problems of Indians in the US don’t seem to be stopping. Three Indians have been attacked in the US in the span of about 10 days. One was 32-year old Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead in a bar in Kansas. The assailant a 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton — had opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling ‘get out of my country’

Having a go

India and Australia are involved in a rather attritional Test series currently with both teams not ready to give away an inch, easily. No series against the Aussies is complete without its share of sledging and verbal wars. It has been evident in these matches too but the social media went into a overdrive after Ishant Sharma made a peculiar face at rival captain Steve Smith. This and the Indian

Better late than never

The much-delayed but much-deserved honours for Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel, stalwarts of the domestic game in the ’70s, and former Indian women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy is a welcome move by the BCCI. Shivalkar and Goel, both left-arm spinners, were unfortunate to have played in an era when the world’s best left-arm spinner, Bishan Singh Bedi, was competing for India, and never got to play for the country. Being recognised

Off-field battles

India and Australia are battling it out in a Test series but the cricket board (BCCI) has a lot on its plate, working out ways to tackle the issues arising out of the Supreme Court ruling and appointment of COA to run its affairs. While BCCI has found itself under the scanner for the manner in which it was run, the IPL shenanigans dented its reputation further. That is a

Opening conundrum

The Indian Test team under the leadership of Virat Kohli enjoyed a longish winning streak, until the visiting Australians turned the tables on them on a raging turner at Pune. The Kohli-Anil Kumble combo has tasted success owing to an pro-active approach with the focus being on the method rather than the result, with a touch of aggression. While the team has posted impressive results and has seen newcomers emerge,

Politics of students

The violent clashes between the cadres of two youth wings of political parties — the BJP-supported Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Left-supported All India Students’ Association (AISA) – outside Delhi University’s Ramjas College, over the cancellation of a seminar invitation to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid, bode ill for peace in the university. Umar Khalid was charged with sedition a year ago in