VIVEK GUMASTE

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It was not a victory for democracy

When scrutinised objectively, one can only conclude that the farm bills had merit and did not deserve their ultimate fate....

India's Mohammed Shami appeals for dismissal during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match

Mohammed Shami controversy: When accountability and responsibility go missing

On careful scrutiny it was discovered that much of this vilification emanated from across the border in Pakistan; an orchestrated...

Protest demanding justice for the violence against Hindu communities during Durga Puja festival in Dhaka

Bangladeshi Hindus must fight for their rights

Hindus of Bangladesh must learn to fend for themselves without looking to India, as the political climate in India is...

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And the ethnic cleansing continues

In tandem with military efforts to neutralise the terrorists what is required in Kashmir are confidence building measures by the...

Students take selfie after receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a special vaccination drive for students

India’s vaccination campaign: Give credit where it’s due

Nearly 68.3% of all adults older than 18 years have received at least 1 dose and nearly 1 in 4...

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Afghan crisis: India must be prepared for the worst

China may turn a blind eye or even tacitly encourage a Pakistan instigated and Taliban supported resurgence of terrorism in...

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Talks with Taliban unlikely to yield results

Against the unholy alliance of Pakistan, the Taliban and Kashmir centric terrorist groups, the civilian-led government of Ashraf Ghani, however...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the various political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir

J&K delimitation must allocate reserved seats for Kashmiri Pandits

The delimitation process cannot be complete or fair if the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits living in exile are not...

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Lancet carrying out an anti-India Covid campaign

Unfortunately, Lancet has fed into public hysteria, instead of offering sage advice based on objective evidence The Lancet is a...

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Aggressive vaccination and universal mask coverage key

The speed of this surge was so rapid and the scale so astronomical that any health system in the world...

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Do not undermine the credibility of Election Commission

It appears that in their antipathy to Modi and the BJP, the Opposition will not stop at anything even if...

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An urgent need for police reforms

Political patronage and pressure remain the crux of police dysfunctionality.   The directive by the Bombay High Court to the...

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Freedom House report on India not valid

The Freedom House report is a hatchet job that reeks of prejudice; a compendium of half-truths, hyperbole and lies derived...

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Disha Ravi case: Law must be allowed to take its course

Free speech cannot be a subterfuge for illegal activities. “Climate Activist Jailed in India as Government Clamps Down on Dissent”...

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait during an ongoing protest against new farm laws

The farmers must not be stubborn

Negotiations do not mean coming to the table to serve an ultimatum to the other side: it’s my way or...

Former leader VM Singh addressing media during farmer protest against farm bills

Farmers must end their protest

Is the vituperative narrative against the farm laws being driven by unfounded apprehensions, half-truths and far-fetched conspiracy theories, with political...

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Peaceful transition of power a must for democracy

Save for a brief period in 1975 Indian democracy has functioned in an exemplary fashion. Democracy is a precious but...

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True love does not require religious conversion

The killing of Nikita Tomar, a young Hindu girl in broad daylight, within the field of a CCTV camera in...

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India’s economy not lagging behind Bangla’s

The current furore of Bangladesh surpassing India in economic terms is a deliberate hoopla to show the Narendra Modi government...

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Let Amnesty go

The decision by Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog to cease operations in India citing government harassment cannot be taken...

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Bloomsbury’s decision erodes freedom of speech

What makes Bloomsbury’s decision inexcusably egregious is the fact that it had vetted the manuscript.   The cringe worthy U-turn...

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Expansionist China a dangerous cocktail of past and present

Hidden behind China’s reassuring façade of modern aspirations in tune with the changing world is a ruthless medieval mindset that...

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USCIRF, India is not a Country of Particular Concern

USCIRF’s reports are a compendium of self-serving interpretations, questionable factuality and reckless hyperbole.     The harsh and uncalled for...

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Constructive criticism please, we are in a crisis

Government was in a crisis mode with a rapidly deteriorating tragedy. Dithering could prove catastrophic.   Even during these unprecedented...