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...Ironically, as Children’s Day comes around, the headlines are consumed with the Ryan International school case, where a teenager is charged with having murdered a younger fellow student, with whom he once took piano lessons. Recently, my 10-year-old niece confided that her classmate, a student who topped the class, was stressed out because the largely absentee parents pressurised her constantly to get good marks. The little girl also expressed feeling violent tendencies towards her brother. ...Indian Express on Nov. 14, 2017, 10:08 a.m.
...Who will speak up for the fig trees, which are about to pruned, so they don’t cast their inauspicious shadows on passing pilgrims? Who will speak up for the peacock, deemed for eternity to be an asexual being? Who will speak up for men who cry and sometimes, decide to kill themselves? If you’ve been reading the news, tragedy comes entwined with comedy, which unfortunately isn’t funny anymore. With all the fake news going around, one wonders at the veracity of these reports, such as reducing the foliage of the hapless fig trees or the Indian Gular, till you read that the order came directly from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. It doesn’t matter that figs contain several vitamins and minerals—it’s fate has been sealed. And one didn’t expect Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi to come up with this male-bashing statement—”Which men have committed suicide? I have not heard/read of a single case.” A very Pappu thing to do, we would think! It’s no wonder that fake news ends up sounding more real than actual news sometimes. ...Indian Express on July 15, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
... “This is the real India,” declares Ibaad Rahman, as he waves the Indian tricolour he carried with him behind Jantar Mantar to protest the series of mob lynchings, mostly targeting the minority community. The result of a Facebook event created by Delhi-based filmmaker Saba Dewan that went viral, the protest titled #NotInMyName found resonance throughout the country, with outraged Indians setting up protests in cities within and outside India. A map tracing the number of lynchings since 2015 covered India in a bloodied trail as poetry readings and performances on stage spoke about the trend. The tipping point came, for me as well, with the killing of 16-year-old Junaid Khan in a Mathura-bound moving train, as his mother waited at home for him to return with his brother to start Eid celebrations. ...Indian Express on June 30, 2017, 3:43 p.m.