The Morning Wrap: Four Punjab Politicos Resign Over Sikh Holy Book Desecration; Meat Eaters Banned From Epic Ramlila Roles

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Indian Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia (C) carries the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy book ) following a religious punishment for altering a Sikh hymn to include the name of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Amritsar in India's general election Arun Jaitley at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on May 14, 2014. Sikh religious officials ordered Majithia to undertake a period of community service. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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In signs of an intensifying crisis for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) over the repeated desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, Ramanjit Singh Sikki, the Congress MLA of Khandoor Sahib, resigned from the Assembly on Sunday, while three high-profile SAD members quit their party.

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Ramachandra Guha opines that Arun Jaitley's blog criticizing authors' return of their Sahiya awards is "puzzling." "These Punjabi and Hindi poets, Malayalam and Kannada novelists, are perhaps invisible from Jaitley's radar. But they are known to, and sometimes targeted by, malcontents and murderers who (too often alas) claim some kinship with the wider Sangh Parivar, of which he is also a part."

Rohan Mukherjee traces a larger arc of neo-nationalists--from India to Japan- who are young, digitally-connected and not above the use of violence to stamp a particular narrative of history." These new nationalists maintain strength in numbers, and move swiftly to muzzle dissent. Their preferred mode of attack is to question their opponent's credentials and eventually label them a traitor or agent of the other. They are revisionists, vilifying votaries of the existing social order as soft on threats to the nation, both internal and external. If necessary, they are willing to threaten or resort to violence to achieve their aims."

Arghya Sengupta expresses passionate anguish over the Supreme Court's NJAC judgement. " The NJAC judgment is at its core, founded on a combination of mistrust of government, lack of respect for the people of India together with unquestioned faith in your own absolute competence as judges."

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