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The Morning Wrap: One Month Of Gorakhpur; UN Criticises India On Human Rights

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

12/09/2017 9:49 AM IST | Updated 12/09/2017 10:12 AM IST
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People rest on the floor outside the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Baba Raghav Das hospital in the Gorakhpur district, India August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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One month on, parents in Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh, who lost their ailing children last month due to shortage of oxygen at the BRD Medical College Hospital, are still coming to terms to their tragedies. But can there ever be any real sense of closure for them?

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre has its diehard fans on social media who waste no opportunity to defend it from the hint of a criticism. But Amit Shah, the party president, is aware that the same army could turn on the BJP one day. Read Sandip Roy's analysis.

A 7-year-old boy was murdered brutally inside a washroom of Ryan International School in Gurugram, but the school, incredibly, is trying to project itself as the real victim. As two officials of the institution were arrested, CEO Ryan Pinto said the posh school was a "victim of unfortunate circumstances".

Main News

Speaking at the University of Berkeley, in the US, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi tore into the ruling Narendra Modi administration but also admitted that a sense of arrogance, compounded by complacency, has crept into his own party, leading to its decline.

About a week from now, Yogi Adityanath will complete six months in office as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. In a conversation with The Indian Express, he revisits the highlights and lowlights of his time in power and outlines a vision for the future.

The widow of Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot and killed in a suspected hate crime in Kansas in February, faced deportation from the US after her husband's murder — until a lawmaker and others helped her get a one-year visa.

Off The Front Page

The United Nations High Commissioner for human rights criticised the Indian State for failing to defend the most vulnerable minorities in the country, especially highlighting the plight of the Rohingya Muslims who has refuge after having to flee Myanmar and the deplorable murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

A report in The Indian Express reveals the shocking neglect of thousands of movies at the National Film Archives of India's Pune campus: "More than 1,100 films, contained in 14,950 reels, including rare and precious pieces of Indian and international cinema, are rotting inside 1,202 gunny bags in a building" there.

At least 7 members of parliament and 98 members of legislative assemblies are under the scanner after the income tax department suspected discrepancies in disclosures of their income. The affidavit, filed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, doesn't give away the names of the politicians.

Opinion

Based on the findings by economist Thomas Piketty, in a recently published paper on inequality in India, James Crabtree argues that these revelations may punch a hole into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's feel-good rhetoric of growth and cause lasting damage to the country's economy.

With the recent breakthroughs in research into Artificial Intelligence (AI), many jobs in several sectors lie under the threat of being wiped out. What should be India's approach to AI under such a scenario, Anupam Guha, an expert in the field, asks in The Indian Express.

"The coming together of the AISA, DSF and SFI in an alliance this year — an outcome of this unificatory tendency — consolidated the Left base and drew in wider support of students opposed to the RSS-BJP's brand of politics," says Prasenjit Bose in the Hindustan Times. What does it mean for the future of politics?

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