The Morning Wrap: Supreme Court Refuses Longer Bail To Teesta; Minister Starts Online Poll To Make Cow National Animal

13/10/2015 7:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
To go with 'India-politics-rights-crime' INTERVIEW by Peter HUTCHISON In this photograph taken on July 22, 2015, Indian activist Teesta Setalvad speaks to AFP during an interview at her lawyer's office in Mumbai. A long-time critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over religious riots 13 years ago says an investigation into allegations she received illegal funding is a 'vendetta' designed to silence her. Activist Teesta Setalvad told AFP she was being targeted by the government because of her fierce criticism of Modi following deadly violence in Gujarat state in 2002 when he was chief minister. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Six Shiv Sena workers have been arrested for attacking Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was on his way to ex Pakistan Foreign Minister Kasuri's book launch and who's face was smeared with black paint. Kulkarni went on to attend the book launch with his smeared face.

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Calling its previous order a “mistake,” the Supreme Court on Monday refused to extend interim bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand in connection with an embezzlement case, and said that only a larger bench could consider their plea.

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Sachin Kalbag says that the Shiv Sena's attack on Kulkarni is a desperate ploy by the party to stay relevant. "A sheer inability to get mass support has spurred the Sena into going back to its violent past. It may have worked in the 1970s and the 1980s, when Bal Thackeray’s anti-migrant mantra struck a raw nerve among Maharashtrians reeling under an already collapsing economic infrastructure in Mumbai thanks to cotton mills being shut down in rapid succession. It is unlikely to work in the second decade of the 21st century."

Christophe Jafferlot says that Pakistan may make perennial the present arrangement whereby the façade of democracy allows the army to exert real power — if Nawaz Sharif is prepared to “behave” and the army is not interested in seizing power officially, at a time when a coup would be costly in terms of sanctions.

Ashok Desai analyses the charisma of political leaders such as Narendra Modi and Hardik Patel and says that "For the moment, we have made a terrible mess of meritocracy; what we have is not worth having. We need a revolution; let the Patels lead it."

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