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    ... The RSS “participated in the freedom movement”. “No RSS literature discriminates against the minorities.” RSS projects “never discriminate on the basis of caste or religion.” “RSS never indulged in anarchy”… and so on. Welcome to the RSS post-truth narrative, as enunciated by Rakesh Sinha in his article titled ‘Of swayamsevaks and intellectuals’ (IE, March 24). For Sinha, facts do not count, personal belief does. So, if he believes so, it must be so and anyone who disagrees must be influenced by communists. In his article, Sinha refers to “archival evidence” of the RSS’s role in the freedom movement. Now, this is a self-goal, one that RSS intellectuals such as he must avoid. ...

    Indian Express on March 28, 2017, midnight

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    ...India's Ambassador to Norway has been asked by the minister to take up the issue with the Norwegian authorities and provide help to the family. According to reports, the father of the child is a leading member of the BJP's overseas organisation. In Delhi, BJP leader Vijay Jolly, contacted by the traumatized family, has represented the case to the Norwegian authorities in India and is following up on the issue to reunite the child with his family.Many of us reading of the case in the papers have written to the minister to directly speak to her counterpart in Norway and also at the highest level. It will be more effective in bringing urgency to the issue rather than relying on the usual bureaucratic procedures. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 28, 2016, midnight

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    ...India's Ambassador to Norway has been asked by the minister to take up the issue with the Norwegian authorities and provide help to the family. According to reports, the father of the child is a leading member of the BJP's overseas organisation. In Delhi, BJP leader Vijay Jolly, contacted by the traumatized family, has represented the case to the Norwegian authorities in India and is following up on the issue to reunite the child with his family.Many of us reading of the case in the papers have written to the minister to directly speak to her counterpart in Norway and also at the highest level. It will be more effective in bringing urgency to the issue rather than relying on the usual bureaucratic procedures. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 28, 2016, midnight

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    ...Attempts at dilution A century ago colonial chicanery had turned tribal owners of the forests and its resources into encroachers. A decade ago, the Indian inheritors of this legacy of fraud were working against the Bill till literally the last moment. The real encroachers and plunderers of the forests, the mining companies, the private power sector companies, those involved in irrigation projects, the timber and paper industries, the forest resort tourist industry had high stakes in preventing the passage of the Bill. They were in the company of fundamentalist wildlife and environmentalist groups with their close links with the powerful forest bureaucracy. ...

    The Hindu on Dec. 15, 2016, 1:25 a.m.

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    ...Attempts at dilution A century ago colonial chicanery had turned tribal owners of the forests and its resources into encroachers. A decade ago, the Indian inheritors of this legacy of fraud were working against the Bill till literally the last moment. The real encroachers and plunderers of the forests, the mining companies, the private power sector companies, those involved in irrigation projects, the timber and paper industries, the forest resort tourist industry had high stakes in preventing the passage of the Bill. They were in the company of fundamentalist wildlife and environmentalist groups with their close links with the powerful forest bureaucracy. ...

    The Hindu on Dec. 14, 2016, 10:29 p.m.

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    ...One of the demands was for a separate law to protect and defend the rights of Dalit and Adivasi students from the discrimination and injustice embedded or practiced against them in differing degrees in many institutions of higher education. Another more immediate demand was for action under the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes Act (POA) against those whose discriminatory actions caused his death. Among those named was the present Vice Chancellor of the Hyderabad Central University, Appa Rao. He had been asked by Delhi to go on leave soon after Rohith's death, more as a protective measure than a prelude to punishment. In March, he was reinstated. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 12, 2016, midnight

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    ...One of the demands was for a separate law to protect and defend the rights of Dalit and Adivasi students from the discrimination and injustice embedded or practiced against them in differing degrees in many institutions of higher education. Another more immediate demand was for action under the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes Act (POA) against those whose discriminatory actions caused his death. Among those named was the present Vice Chancellor of the Hyderabad Central University, Appa Rao. He had been asked by Delhi to go on leave soon after Rohith's death, more as a protective measure than a prelude to punishment. In March, he was reinstated. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 12, 2016, midnight

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    ...He would have been closer to the truth had he said that for most of his life, he has exclusively served the RSS, but no matter, the PM's emotions were centre stage. Yesterday, those who attended the parliamentary meeting of the BJP also described his speech as being "emotional" after which the parliamentary party passed a resolution "unanimously" hailing his "crusade against black money. "Why was this necessary at all? ...

    NDTV on Nov. 24, 2016, midnight