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14/07/2017 9:09 AM IST | Updated 14/07/2017 9:09 AM IST
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Recently, Home Minister Rajnath Singh defended 'Kashmiriyat' on Twitter, causing a flutter among the BJP's traditional support base. This reaction only goes on to prove that the party doesn't take well to any secular epiphanies, writes Radhika Ramaseshan.

Revenge porn—publicly circulating images and videos shared confidentially with the intention to blackmail or damage the victim's reputation—has entered the lexicon of crimes. But is the Indian legal justice system robust enough to deal with it?

With its latest bid to censor a documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, the Central Board of Film Certification has rapidly proceeded to make a case for its own uselessness, writes Sandip Roy.

Main News

A Muslim man who was attacked and beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes in Maharashtra for allegedly carrying beef has turned out to be a BJP leader.

The ruling JD(U) and RJD coalition in Bihar seems to be headed to a split, with the controversy over deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav's alleged involvement in a disproportionate assets case, as suspected by the CBI.

Diplomatic channels are still being used to try resolve the week-long stand-off between India and China in Sikkim despite the aggressive rhetoric from Beijing, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

Off The Front Page

Chinese dissident activist and Nobel Peace laureate for Peace Liu Xiaobo died at the age of 61 of multiple organ failure, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer.

A study conducted by Stanford University, based on findings from 46 countries, says Indians are among the laziest people in the world, reluctant to walk and always choosing to drive even the shortest distances.

In an annual ritual, Assam is seeing devastating floods again this year, with 26 of its 32 states flooded and lakhs of people being left homeless. But there seems to be scant regard from the part of the government to bring the situation under control.

Opinion

The new president of India, whether the candidate of the ruling dispensation or the Opposition wins, will be a Dalit. But will he or she also be a true Ambedkarite? Read Christophe Jaffrelot's column in The Indian Express to know the answer.

In light of the recent incident of mistreatment of a domestic worker in an apartment complex in Noida, an editorial in the Hindustan Times says that it's time to have the law enacted to safeguard the rights of such people.

An effort to bring transgender persons into the mainstream is on by public- and private-sector companies hiring them in their workforce, but the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 is still pending with the Parliament, writes Krishnadas Rajagopal in The Hindu.

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