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News Snippets

  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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School Bus Attack: Stop The Barbarians

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The continuing protests against Padmavat by those who have not seen the film are a disgrace, especially when the film has been seen by critics and not even one of them has written about the supposed slur on Rajput valour which the protestors have made their main plank. But when this protest targets a school bus full of children, the time has come for us to ask ourselves – who is going to raise a voice against these barbarians?

The manner of the protest itself is wrong. If one is aggrieved by anything, one has to explore civil means. By taking to the streets, one shows that there are no civil means (which means that the thing is not wrong in the first place) and danda ka jor is the way to get what they want. Still, there has to be a line drawn somewhere. It is bad when mobs vandalize public or private property and maim or kill innocent people. But when they target a school bus, they cross the laxman rekha.

Although 18 people have been reported to have been arrested for the act, one is sure nothing is going to come out of it. For, mobs are faceless. Who did it and on whose orders? It really does not take much to bring out animal instincts when a mob is on the rampage. Those who attacked the school bus where nothing more than vile animals.

The government in Haryana, as elsewhere, is doing a great disservice to the nation by giving these mobs a free run. I just ask one question: would the government react similarly if the protests were against it? Would it then also ask the police force to look the other way? No Sir. Then, it would have brought the full might of the state to bear on the mob. Section 144, curfews, preventive arrests, lathi charge, tear gas, water cannons and even bullets would be used to send them back home or to their heavenly abode. So why not now? Just because they are protesting against a movie and not against Narendra Modi? Or does the government think these are “good” mobs as they are doing ‘cultural cleansing’?

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