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It is an undisputed fact that the law ultimately prevails and thus is dominant over politics. A country becomes intolerant only if its Constitution and the laws which govern its people are intolerant. This certainly cannot be said about our Constitution and laws...
Dissent cannot be a hit-and-run incident wherein the perpetrator absconds without liability after inflicting damage. Democracy is not a free for all and a license to indulge in canards. These worthies need to be made accountable for their statements. True intellectuals when provided with adequate evidence to the contrary will gracefully accept their lapse. Charlatans and egotists, however, will not. Nayantara Sahgal and her tribe owe an apology to the nation.
In this episode, Anuvab & Kunaal discuss the controversial award wapsi protests. Their point is simple - "When a writer returns cash, it's a serious situation."
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I read your piece "Why I Am Returning My Award" three times to understand if you really do have an authentic critique of the present government. Honestly, I struggled to find a constructive reason. The most telling statement I found was this: "I am very pleased to have found (from somewhere way back in my past) a National Award that I can return, because it allows me to be a part of a political movement." Let's question your reasoning: can a political movement (which you want to join), logically, exist in the world (in terms of political ideology) that you believe in?
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The summoning of the Kashmiri Pandits' exodus as a counterpoint every time one speaks of the communal politics of Hindutva forces often defies logic. Most of the time it is a classic case of "whataboutery". I will try to examine several nuances of this and why talking about KPs has become the new benchmark and prerequisite for "speaking about secularism".
A top Indian scientist has decided to return his Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, joining a growing chorus of voices raised to protest "the government's attack on rationalism,...