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A day after an intensely political and fiery speech by student leader Kanhaiya Kumar riled many from the government, Parliamentary Affairs minister on Venkaiah Naidu on Friday advised people studying...
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The ongoing crackdown at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the subsequent events in New Delhi and around the country have bared several interlinked fault lines that have plagued the Indian republic. Here are some.
Most of the students who study in JNU aspire to join the IAS, IPS, IFS or any of the numerous professional cadres, a far cry from the "anti-national" tag that is being foisted on them. The roll call of JNU's alumni is long, from current Commerce Minister of State Nirmala Sitharaman to former Intelligence Bureau chief Syed Asif Ibrahim to the current foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
Universities need to take the lead in changing attitudes about women. And this starts with treating women who demand change not as "frightening", "intimidating" or lacking maternal qualities, but as dedicated, passionate and committed to ensuring that higher education is an affirmative experience for all students, rather than a terrifying experience for even one.