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The Morning Wrap: Air India Finds Its Spine; Suicide No Longer A Crime

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28/03/2017 8:12 AM IST | Updated 28/03/2017 9:20 AM IST
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Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's misconduct on an Air India flight continues to making news — exposing the layers of the "VIP" mindset that characterise India's political culture. But credit needs to be given to India's national carrier for finally finding its spine and taking strict against him, writes Sandip Roy.

Thanks to the advent of social media, personal animosity or favours, once conducted behind-the-scenes, are now carried out upfront, through spirited exchange between political leaders on Twitter or Facebook. The latest example is of Biju Janata Dal MPs Tathagata Satpathy and Baijayant Jay Panda sparring openly on the micro-blogging site.

The regressiveness of the Censor Board never ceases to wonder. Its latest decision to disallow the airing of The Danish Girl on Indian television, for the sake of protecting children from learning about transgenders, is one in a long line of silly and supercilious moves that have no meaning or relevance to the 21st century.

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With the Finance Bill 2017 making Aadhaar mandatory for citizens to avail themselves of a host of public services, the Supreme Court has clarified its earlier stand on the matter. While the court saw the logic in making the scheme mandatory for dispensing benefits, it said it cannot apply to any other contexts.

US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him and his party for their outstanding performance in the recent assembly elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh. This was the third telephone conversation between the leaders since Trump was elected to office in November last year.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath defended his government's crackdown on the state's illegal slaughterhouses and meat-sellers by saying that his officials are merely following the directions given by the Supreme Court in this matter. Their behaviour does not reflect any preferential treatment.

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has taken a strong stand against the demand to declare triple talaq, the oral unilateral divorce granted to Muslim men by Islamic personal law. Such a move would be against the directions in the Quran, and therefore against Allah's will, the board told the Supreme Court.

The Mental Healthcare Bill, which decriminalises suicide and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness, was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Suicide was deemed a crime under Indian law, which didn't also provide adequate protection to people with mental health issues.

The government introduced the supporting legislation for the goods and services tax, or GST, in Parliament on Monday, reinforcing expectations that it would make the 1 July deadline for the rollout of this singular tax reform.

Opinion

Writer and poet Keki N Daruwalla writes in The Indian Express about UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's crackdown on the Romeo squad and meat-sellers in the state. "What next for UP police?" he asks, "Keeping a headcount of legit butchers, and confiscating meat cleavers?"

The cleaning of electoral funding is a Herculean task in India. While one of the most significant aspirations of the Union Budget 2017 is to increase transparency in this regard, can political bonds merely facilitate it? Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi weighs in in Hindustan Times.

Looking at the profile of Khalid Masood, the man responsible for carrying out the recent attack near the British Parliament, Leonid Bershidsky writes in Mint about the linkages between radicalisation and prison time, showing how the former often is a result of the latter.

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