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The Morning Wrap: The Kashmir Conundrum; Congress Facing 'Existential Crisis'

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

08/08/2017 9:17 AM IST | Updated 08/08/2017 9:19 AM IST
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A vendor sits in front of closed shops during a strike called by Kashmiri separatists to protest the arrest of its members in Srinagar July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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Advocate General K Venugopal told the Supreme Court last month that a debate needs to take place on the legality of Article 35A of the Constitution, which grants Jammu & Kashmir the right to define its "permanent residents". Politicians and experts believe tampering with this rule will open the floodgates of anarchy. Here's why.

On a day when Indians traditionally affirm ties of love and allegiance among siblings, Sandip Roy had a stern reminder: while men in India pledge to 'protect' women on Rakhi, very often the latter are never treated as equal citizens.

Varnika Kundu, who was chased in the middle of the night by two men in an SUV in Chandigarh, faced the exact sequence of events women in India usually do when they decide to take matters to the law instead of sitting quietly. Here's what happened.

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Amit Shah, who is likely to be given a Rajya Sabha seat, is expected to boost the morale of his colleagues in the Upper House of the Parliament. As an MP, he will continue to be the leader of the party and will not join the Union Cabinet.

According to numbers from the income tax department, there's been a 25% rise in the filing of taxes this fiscal, after the deadline for the filing of taxes was extended to 5 August from 31 July.

In the case of Varnika Kundu's stalking in Chandigarh by two men, including the son of the chief of BJP in the state, the police have obtained CCTV footage to ascertain what exactly transpired on that night.

Off The Front Page

The Congress is facing an "existential crisis", senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said on Monday, urging for "a collective effort" by party leaders to "overcome" the challenges it faces from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

In an interview with The Hindu, outgoing vice-chairperson of Niti Aayog Arvind Panagariya says he is happy with what he has achieved as the chief of the think tank in the two years he spent there, especially in the way he has able to plant fresh ideas.

In response to a petition filed in the Supreme Court, the Union government clarified that yoga education has not become an enforceable fundamental right, even though physical education is compulsory under Right to Education.

Opinion

With reference to the Centre's withdrawal of support to Jamia Millia Islamia's minority status, Pratap Bhanu Mehta surveys, in The Indian Express, the broader question of which educational institutions need special protection and for what purposes.

In the Hindustan Times, Elonnai Hickok explains why India is not ready yet to pass the DNA Profiling Bill 2017. The implications of DNA databanks across the nation need to be understood and soundly debated first.

In The Hindu, Maya John argues for a reform of India's existing labour laws to bring domestic work under its purview and prevent abuse of employees in the informal sector.

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