The recent government action at JNU, soon after the recent episode in Hyderabad, has sharpened t he battle lines between students who are committed to free thought and elements who believe in thought control.
The recent mob attack on a Tanzanian girl student in Bengaluru hogged global media attention.
The current bid to impose President’s Rule in the sensitive state of Arunachal Pradesh shows total disregard for provisions of the Indian Constitution and norms of democracy. This is competitive politics rearing its ugly head. The onus is, yet again, on the apex court to protect democratic institutions.
Last week, Prime Minister Modi was, for the first time, asked to ‘go back’ from a public meeting. The two protesting Dalit research scholars sent a pertinent message to the incumbent government: Learn to accept differences before democratic voices get stronger.
The recent spate of court observations and rulings have called into question practices that are violative of individual rights.