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    ...The list can no longer be read in one breath. Those who have the intent to revise the writing on the wall will know that the stage is set for more blood. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee must realise that the communal malaise has hit the body politic of West Bengal. It can no longer be expected to die out and therefore be prevented via wait-and-watch manoeuvres. The state needs an earnest roadmap to cure the disease and establish functional relations between Hindus and Muslims. Here are six measures to achieve the purpose – two long-term and four immediate. First, Bengal must allow the emergence of a civil society among Muslims. It is telling that most ‘leaders’ of the community in secular India continue to be related to the mosque in some way. Worse, many of these cleric-leaders have only brought shame upon the community in Bengal. ...

    TOI on July 24, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...However, what was underreported is another revolutionary policy announced by her government to improve higher education. Despite her penchant for minority appeasement and hesitation towards industrialisation, Didi must be recognised for inclusive governance. Just before the UN award, West Bengal announced a measure that may include the long lost spirit of enquiry in higher education. The West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Act 2017 will sever the parental influence of political parties on student unions. It will prevent stray uncles and aunties from spaces which they either had to leave or which they could never manage to enter formally. ...

    TOI on July 4, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...The decision to move the apex court comes in the wake of thin response to continued calls for strikes. Last week – Monday and Tuesday – witnessed yet another strike in JNU. But the call for inactivity by the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) was hardly under observation in libraries and hostels. Reading rooms were full during daytime and so were those hostel beds whose occupants are wise owls of the night. This writer attended a class at the Centre for Studies in Law and Governance even on the first day of the strike. Attendance was more than 80%. Later in the day, in a general body meeting at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, students with different points of view about the strike had heated debates. At risk are students of MA final year who fear that serial disruptions will delay examinations, results, degrees and promising careers. ...

    TOI on April 8, 2017, 2 a.m.