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Suniti Sampat posted an opinion to a discussionFeb, 19 2016

'Hooliganism not nationalism' say the 3 resigned ABVP students. Is BJP on the right track regarding its idea of India?

I believe that that the incidents that took place at JNU are telling of a tension that has been simmering since a while now. JNU is a university known for its culture which respects and encourages plurality of cultures, opinions and ideologies. What we see today is an attack on JNUs poltical fabric. With a right- wing government in power, a clash of ideologies and viewpoints was not unexpected. But the manner in which the government has tried to clamp down on student freedom and expression is indicative of a deplorable state of affairs. A group of people who may be disenchanted with the State have the right to express their displeasure as long as it does not threaten the security of the state and cause public disorder. Only when there is a threat of "imminent violence" can the State intervene and penalize individuals involved. This is the law of the land. Here, the police has made unlawful arrests and the State has used its power to silence its own citizens. Which leads us to wonder- can we call ourselves a democratic nation anymore?
I believe that that the incidents that took place at JNU are telling of a tension that has been simmering since a while now. JNU is a university known for its culture which respects and encourages plurality of cultures, opinions and ideologies. What we see today is an attack on JNUs poltical fabric.
Suniti Sampat posted an opinion to a discussionFeb, 14 2016

The War On Women: “Everybody knows there are two ways of paying the smugglers,” she said. “With money or with your body.”

This is a great article, since it gives insight into an issue not given its due consideration. The situation calls for urgent formulation of a policy to avoid further abuse and violence. What makes these women even more vulnerable is the fact that they have arrived from difficult and harrowing circumstances. Naturally, some of them may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions as a result of the ongoing conflict. While formulating a policy, it is essential that there is deference paid to the cultural norms and practices of these communities. At the same time, it calls for greater monitoring where men outnumber women- both in terms of numbers and power held.
This is a great article, since it gives insight into an issue not given its due consideration. The situation calls for urgent formulation of a policy to avoid further abuse and violence. What makes these women even more vulnerable is the fact that they have arrived from difficult and harrowing circu
Suniti Sampat posted an opinion to a discussionFeb, 14 2016

Saudi Arabia’s deadly gamble

Looks like this retaliatory response on the part of some groups in Iran is going to cost the country some support it had gained after the beheadings. Iran is not the only loser here. The hope of stability in West-Asia has been further diminished. While the Saudi royalty is quite obviously carrying out executions to consolidate its power, its upon other nations to call it out on its actions. If the US ever truly wants to contain the conflict in West- Asia, it has to take a stand against its long-standing ally. What is even more worrying is how far will the Saudi royalty go to maintain its power, now that oil prices may further plunge due to supply from Iran? If the royalty in Saudi Arabia is allowed to carry on these acts to consolidate its Sunni vote bank with such impunity, this may end up further emboldening extremist Sunni Wahabi forces such as the ISIS.
Looks like this retaliatory response on the part of some groups in Iran is going to cost the country some support it had gained after the beheadings. Iran is not the only loser here. The hope of stability in West-Asia has been further diminished. While the Saudi royalty is quite obviously carrying
Suniti Sampat posted an opinion to a discussionFeb, 14 2016

The End of The War Of Sanctions? Russia and USA do not share a warm history. But things seem to be looking for the two power blocs.

Softening of the West's stand towards Russia is great news. The US has quite strategically placed sanctions to destroy the Russian economy. Falling oil prices are another cause of woe to the Russian economy. In the interest of world peace, it is essential that that there is some semblance of stability in Russian land - given Russia's military prowess, its most prudent to not risk a conflagaration. As far as India is concerned, Russia has been its time-tested ally. Russia has stood by India in numerous instances- including the 1971 war. Though there is a lurking fear of the formation of a Moscow-Karachi military pact ( largely due to talks of sale of arms to Pakistan by Russia), the Indo-Russian relationship is still of great value to New Delhi's strategic interests.
Softening of the West's stand towards Russia is great news. The US has quite strategically placed sanctions to destroy the Russian economy. Falling oil prices are another cause of woe to the Russian economy. In the interest of world peace, it is essential that that there is some semblance of stabili
Suniti Sampat posted an opinion to a discussionFeb, 14 2016

David Headly revealed that Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar suicide bomber. Earlier, CBI called it a cold blood execution, Some media houses and various groups mourned her death. Has lack of accountability corroded their respect for national security

This does not seem like an unbiased opinion. The author is insinuating that the results of the Tamang report and SIT probe must be disbelieved. These reports, which are crucial to the case, have been only given a passing reference in this article. The Tamang report revealed that Ishrat Jahan and the others had been killed the night before the alleged "encounter". According to the report, bullets had been pumped into their bodies to establish the occurrence of the "encounter". These are some facts that Mr Swami chose to overlook while adjudging the "guilt" of Ms Ishrat Jahan. Surely, the reports of these specially constituted bodies have greater probative value than Mr Headley's testimony.
This does not seem like an unbiased opinion. The author is insinuating that the results of the Tamang report and SIT probe must be disbelieved. These reports, which are crucial to the case, have been only given a passing reference in this article. The Tamang report revealed that Ishrat Jahan and the
Suniti Sampat posted an opinion to a discussionFeb, 14 2016

Are some of the educated youth and media houses deliberately sympathizing with the terrorist? #JNUunrest

This is a classic example of the State muzzling dissent. According to the Indian Constitution, freedom of speech and expression can only be curbed when there is a threat to public order or security of the state. A group of students expressing their displeasure could hardly amount to either of the two. Even under the archaic sedition law, it is an established principle of law that only speech that leads to "incitement to violence" or "public disorder" may be punishable. Further, the incitement must be to "imminent violence". This incident clearly does not meet the aforementioned criteria. The Government and other authorities seemed to have conveniently forgotten that the Indian State was envisaged as a democracy. Since when could bodies like ABVP be allowed to act as a vigilante group to curb democratic dissent? Will the Government allow such a crackdown on dissent? Is the State a willing participant? These are some tough questions that the present government needs to answer. And soon.
This is a classic example of the State muzzling dissent. According to the Indian Constitution, freedom of speech and expression can only be curbed when there is a threat to public order or security of the state. A group of students expressing their displeasure could hardly amount to either of the tw

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