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The Morning Wrap: NYT Blames Modi Govt For JNU Row; Comics For Child Abuse Shared In Madhurai

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 22: The JNU students having a meeting during their protest against the sedition charges leveled against their fellow students at JNU on February 22, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Five JNU students Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya accused of sedition reappeared on the campus on Sunday, having spent 10 days in hiding. The five students are accused of allegedly planning an event on February 9 against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where anti-national slogans were allegedly shouted. Police waited outside the university gates on Monday but did not enter the campus in the absence of mandatory permission from the vice-chancellor. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The Indian state has made it amply clear. It listens to the mob. Speak loudly AND carry a big stick and the home minister will meet you more than halfway. Merely chant slogans loudly and you can be charged with sedition, videos of your speeches doctored and played on prime time television, and you can be beaten up by lawyers in a courthouse, writes Sandip Roy in HuffPost India.

Umar is the son every parent should desire and be proud of, writes Apoorvanand in The Indian Express. “For if not Umar, what should youth be? How unfortunate would be a nation which has only obedient, conformist minds as its youth — youth who fight only for placements with fat pay packets; who are ready to turn into cogs and wheels of the machinery, which turns profit for a few and crushes the rest of humanity.”

The Modi government came to power on a promise of delivering faster growth and more jobs. We have seen two years of growth below 8 per cent. It’s hard to see the political authority reconciling itself to another year or two of the same growth rate — that would wash out most of the tenure of the present government. A departure from the fiscal consolidation path is the best answer to flagging growth. The risk to macro-economic stability can be managed, writes TT Ram Mohan in The Hindu.

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