by Krishna Jha
The blood-soaked walls of segregation, that could be brought down after long-drawn struggles and sacrifices, are here again. The gates of higher education are getting shuttered for larger sections of those thirsty for knowledge. The higher education system in the country is being sought to be placed out of bounds for the general masses.
The blow came last year when the University Grants Commission passed regulations in May 2016, leading to shackle the autonomous character (...)
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by Pradeep Nair and Sandeep Sharma
“A University is a place ... where students come from every quarter for every kind of knowledge; ... a place for the communication and circulation of thought ... It is a place where inquiry is pushed forward ... discoveries verified and perfected, and ... error exposed, by the collision of mind with mind, and knowledge with knowledge. ... Thus is created a pure and clear atmosphere of thought, which the student also breathes”.
John Henry Newman, 1854, The (...)
by Navneet Sharma and Khem Raj Sharma
‘Catch them young’ is the political and philosophical perspective which guides almost all political parties (except the BSP) when they form their students’ wing which functions across the country in university and college campuses. The most famous and sordid revolutions across the world have also seen higher education campuses as their favourite germination turf. Somehow the most prestigious technical, medical and management campuses in India have been (...)
The following piece, written by Professor Kaseem, a well-known poet and critic (who is also an Assistant Professor, Nizam College, Hyderabad), has been rendered into English by Anishetty Shankar, a writer and freelance journalist, and sent to us for publication. This is about seven members of a fact-finding team that left Telangana for Chhattisgarh to extend support to the Adivasis’ struggle there. The team members were arrested by the Telangana State Police and handed over to the (...)
One bug which has bitten both India and Pakistan and now Bangladesh is the espionage. issue. Anyone who visits from the neighbouring country is considered a spy until proved otherwise. It really depends on the External and Home Ministries whether a particular person would be let off freely. In other words, the police force is an arbiter. And it goes without saying that the sentence awarded to the person would be life-time imprisonment or death.
Normally, the court decides. However, the (...)
by Arti Khosla
An Alternative Philosophy of Development: From Economism to Human Well-Being by B.P. Mathur; published by Routledge Taylor & Francis; 2017.
This is the latest book from B.P. Mathur’s pen. A former civil servant, B.P. Mathur worked in several capacities with the government and had a ringside view of the administration, its strength and its failures. This extensive experience coupled with his idealism and knowledge of our spiritual heritage has inspired him to (...)
The latest episode in the progressively deteriorating relations between India and Pakistan is the one involving Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer now a businessman working out of Chabahar in Iran. The case, exposing Pakistan’s lip-service to democracy and the rule of law, has been vividly brought into focus in an editorial today in The Times of India. Captioned “Judicial Murder”, its first paragraph reads as follows:
The decision of a Pakistani military court to hand down (...)
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to Delhi on a four-day visit from April 7 to 10. During her visit as many as 22 agreements were signed. There was an agreement on defence cooperation and another on civil nuclear cooperation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a concessional credit of $ 4.5 billion to Bangladlesh which includes $ 500 milllion for defence supplies..
But the unwritten, unannounced issue that dominated the minds of both Hasina and Modi was the agreement on (...)
After the debacle at the hands of the Chinese in 1962, I went to Bum La Pass from where the Dalai Lama had entered India to seek asylum. His land, Tibet, had been occupied by the Chinese who also destroyed their culture. The Chinese imposed communism and had no respect for either the Dalai Lama or his monastery. The Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh has brought back memories of the days when the Chinese annexed Tibet. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, did not raise (...)
The results of the UP State Assembly elections have come as a shock to all parties including the pollsters. The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of UP is the worst outcome. I feel that it requires all political parties, the secular and Leftists (I am using loosely because unfortunately the meanings of the terms have become quite barren), to come close to each other.
I am mentioning some items which all of us could take up, as these have no party monopoly. Of course my (...)