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Make Bharat Mata Proud, Become A Nationalist In 4 Easy Steps

Mitron, Namaste. I have great news! Nationalism is no longer difficult and old-fashioned! Now, you don't have to risk your life (like Captain Pawan Kumar), or take up the battles of the oppressed (like Soni Sori), or contribute to the county in any meaningful way (like Azim Premji) to claim to be the proudest nationalist around. I bring to you a shiny-new, Chetan Bhagat-ized version of nationalism: popular, feel-good, super-easy to understand.

Did Smriti Irani's Parliament Speech School Or Fool Everyone?

In the wake of the suicide of Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula and the JNU controversy soon after, HRD Minister Smriti Irani has been facing plenty of heat. And then came her fiery speech in Parliament, where she got the opposition in a flap. So, here's the big question: did Smriti Irani fool everyone or did she school them?

Why Queer People Should Stand With JNU

The past week has been full of turmoil in India. But what has been most troubling is the reaction of many queer people who have joined the chorus of lynch mobs. We protest against a colonial law like Section 377 which has been used to harass and blackmail. We must also protest against Sec 124-A (Sedition), another colonial law which was and still is a tool for harassment. Today, we either stand with JNU, or risk our own freedom.
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A 207ft-Flag A Day Keeps The Anti-Nationalism Away?

The Human Resources Development Minister reacted to the JNU crisis by making it mandatory for all Central Universities to hoist the Indian Flag on a 207ft-high flagpole. But can nationalism and compassion for fellow Indians be imparted through executive orders? If so, then the Law Minister should order the installation of the tallest flag poles at Patiala House Court premises, where members of the legal fraternity behaved in a shameful manner. The Urban Development Minister may ensure hoisting of flags at the houses of elected representatives who conduct themselves like goons.
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A Case for Freeing Campuses From Political Interference

It will be not difficult for any person with the slightest semblance of political acumen to understand the political machinations behind recent cases of unrest on campuses. First, the members of the Ambedkar Students Association of the University of Hyderabad organized a protest march against the hanging of Yakub Memon, main accused in Mumbai blasts case. Then in Delhi, the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University saw a protest in which students raised pro-Afzal Guru and anti-India slogans. I don't think these are isolated incidents.