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Why An Education Without Politics Is Incomplete

Yes, universities skill people and add to the human capital of a country which have positive effects on the GDP. However, if this is the primary purpose, please don't call them universities, call them coaching centres. Education is fundamentally equivalent to transformation, and this warrants a critical attitude towards existing forms of knowledge and extant societal arrangements.

Dragging Kashmir Politics Into JNU Row Is A Recipe For Disaster

The Delhi Chief Minister recently said that the BJP is an anti-national party because it is not arresting the 'outsiders'--by implication Kashmiri youth--who chanted anti-India slogans in JNU. The reason, it was implied, is that the BJP does not want to displease its coalition partner PDP in J&K. At the India Today Conclave, Rahul Kanwal also tried to grill BJP president Amit Shah along similar lines. These two political expressions speak volumes about the downward spiral of Indian politics.
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Dear Dr Tharoor, This Is An Appeal To Your Conscience

I read your opinion piece on the JNU issue in the NDTV site and found it somewhat misleading and a little short of rational arguments. Although you are a great fiction writer and years of UN experience have trained you in the art of taking politically correct positions, some issues demand venturing beyond superficialities to take a responsible stand. Still, I am writing to you because I feel that you are the only sensible voice left in the opposition.
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Who Needs Goons When You Have Lawyers?

On 17 February, while the JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced by the police before the judicial magistrate in Patiala House court, he was suddenly attacked and manhandled by a group of lawyers. Such behaviour, especially by lawyers, raises some important questions that need immediate addressing: Are lawyers above the law? Can they be allowed to act like goons and take the law in their own hands?
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Why Are So Many Humanities Students Activists?

Humanities students in India mainly study history, political science, philosophy, economics, sociology, anthropology and literature. If you think about it, what they study is the way in which the world came to be what it is today, and how it works. Everyone discusses social, political, cultural and other issues. But discussing issues and studying them are two different things.