The Morning Wrap: Apex Court Says No New Judges Till Hiring Process Clear; Colony Of Voters 'Missing' From Poll Rolls

04/11/2015 8:32 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

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In a surprising turn of events, the Modi government has told the Supreme Court that a book on terrorism authored by Bharatya Janata Party's firebrand leader Subramanian Swamy promotes hatred between Hindus and Muslims.

Attacking Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan for his remarks on religious intolerance in the country, the national general secretary of BJP, Kailash Vijayvargiya, said on Monday that the actor lives in India but "his heart is in Pakistan."

Anomalisa was the highlight of Suprateek Chatterjee's DAY 4 at the MAMI film festival.

Dinu V, a student at Farook College, Kozhikode, Kerala was among a group of boys and girls punished by a professor for sitting together in class. Dinu was brave enough to protest.

Tushar Dhara speculates about the consequences of Raghuram Rajan'v evocative convocation address at IIT Delhi. "It will be interesting to see how this speech is received by bhakts. Will Raghuram Rajan be labelled an anti-national who is against the development of the nation? Will he be asked to bugger off to Pakistan?"

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Eminent historian, Irfan Habib, reiterated his stance that the RSS and the Islamic State were cut from the same cloth, with the former, as violent during the early days of independent India.

After quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and reviving the collegium system, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that new judges wouldn't be appointed until there was clarity on how the recruitment scheme for judges could be made transparent and democratic.

A court in Delhi sentenced Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav to imprisonment for his whole life, for sexually assaulting a woman executive last year.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday the government had learnt a lesson from the Dadri lynching episode and that it should have communicated faster in the case.

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Prayer rooms to a Rs 2-crore shopping spree, last-minute alteration of kurtas to clearing bodyguards’ guns, music CDs to mobile tablets, parking bays for about 35 aircraft to lion-shaped lapel pins, were among India's foreign relations highlights at the recently concluded India-Africa summit.

Stepping on the pitch at London's Wembley stadium, where PM Modi is scheduled to address the Indian diaspora, will elicit a huge fine.

At a time when the Telangana government is facing severe criticism over deletion of names from electoral rolls, names of 40 voters at a posh Srinagar Colony apartment here have mysteriously gone missing from the list.


Zoya Hassan brings into perspective the debate on intolerance. 'The “gathering interrogation” of the government by civil society represents a widely-shared critique of the government which speaks to a larger current of discomfort against the cultural politics of the right and rampant cultures of violence perpetrated by it. There is growing recognition that the attack on free speech and dissent are part of a concerted movement to impose a communal agenda on India.'

Harish Damodaran says that economists who specialize in the study of agriculture are a dying breed. "It is interesting that some of the best work in recent times on land and labour, commodity mandis or the impact of Bt cotton and other new cropping systems has come not from economists, but geographers, sociologists and anthropologists."

Kranti Saran says that Raghuram Rajan's address at IIT Delhi, on the need for tolerance, was limiting. " These arguments view tolerance as valuable insofar as it is a means to an end that is wholly distinct from tolerance. But such a merely instrumental defence of tolerance is too limited."

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