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14 of his 21 winners came off that wing. Every time I see her like this I wonder if she was being tortured at home. On March 4, Will calling people who oppose organising the beef fest “sanghis” and “right-wing fascists”,further the space for a constructive dialogue in campus No And therein lies the problem I do not doubt the legality of holding a beef party I question the intention behind the same If the intention was to hold a discussion on the merits and demerits of the new rules in a bid to educate students as the organisers claimed the beef party was not the appropriate thing to do I have informed the organisers of the beef party and the members of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle and other left-leaning organisations time and again that while their activities are legally correct the way they go about organising their activities is destroying space for dialogue on campus Posting posters calling for burning Ram’s effigy and pasting satirical posters of Purohits with the head of a cow with the caption "Mein Calf"is borderline incitement and hurtful to religious sensibilities My pleas however have fallen on deaf ears The North – South Divide between the Right and the Left Some of the students who were present when Manish and Sooraj fought are people who I describe as the right-leaning students While the left-leaning students can be encapsulated in APSC et al the right-leaning student group does not have formal organisation that can be used to describe it Rather interestingly there is a rough regional divide between the right and left leaning student groups – the left leaning students are mostly from South India especially from Kerala while the right leaning students are mostly from North India Sooraj for instance is from Kerala while Manish is from Bihar The right-leaning students have repeatedly shown complete disregard to any spirit of accommodation – they are not tolerant at all Intimidating behaviour is their way of expressing their frustration against the left-wing students and despite repeated appeals to them to desist from unruly behaviour there has been no positive change These students disrupted two meetings of the Student Legislative Council which isIIT Madras’ apex student body the second time seeing a fight between the left and the right Talking to some of them revealed that many of them like Manish are from rural areas and have been brought in a manner that makes them find acts like eating beef unpardonable That coupled with their steadfast unwillingness to accept that differences that are inherent in people destroys space for dialogue and blocks the possibility of peaceful resolution of any problem To conclude the prevailing atmosphere in the campus is not one that is suitable for dialogue Both groups of students do not see eye to eye and a feeling of biased coverage by the media impacts students on the campus This being the case it is important for the institute administration to come forward and hold a frank dialogue with these students and impress upon them the need to maintain civility within the campus Braving out the story and then trying to sweep things under the carpet —IIT Madras’ administration’s tactic till date —has only aggravated problems and I hope that this time around the administration doesn’t do the same The authoris a final year student pursuing his integrated MA in Development Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras Opinions are personal Written by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: June 29 2016 12:58 am PM Narendra Modi speaking at Nuclear Security Summit in Washington (Source: AP/File) Related News Indian discourse on the temporary setback in pursuing membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group has become a game of smoke and mirrors There is no dishonour in trying for NSG membership and challenging an exclusionary global order Diplomatic delays even failures are part of any engagement with the world; mature powers recognise that But what is worrying about this engagement is the false pretences under which we undertook it The issue is not our claims; the issue is our capacity to delude ourselves about what we were doing Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news The delusion came at three levels The first was a delusion about our own interests Even if NSG membership was desirable is the political capital invested in this venture worth the costs The current waivers pretty much allow us to do what we need to with our nuclear programme; any future changes in NSG guidelines that adversely affected us could have been blocked simply by having just one friend on the inside Second there is some delusion about the discreet charms of our prime minister He has incredible outreach skills But in this case he has been unwittingly set up by his government where the public projection was that this is all a matter of him turning his charm on Xi Jinping; as if nostalgic memories of swinging together on the banks of the Sabarmati can replace the hard realities of politics If the domestic criticism has been high it is because government raised the pitch: It appeared desperate to project a political triumph where a prosaic handling might have served it better The second delusion was about the international order There is a touch of narcissism in our analysis: We think the world revolves around us As the devious Kissinger once said India is not the most important country in the world it is the most self-important (This is probably true of most great powers) By making it about us we misread the global situation The cardinal fact about international politics at the moment is this China has a more aggressive outward posture and it is seeking its due Its concern with India contrary to what we think is incidental But it is deeply concerned with the US That concern will now manifest in the ambition that it will not allow the US to write the rules of the international order according to its wishes It will show that the US cannot claim hegemony over redefining the rules of the game This is what China is doing in its approach to international law; this is what it is doing in building alternative institutions This is what it is doing in signalling that if the US cannot make way for China because of its need to stand by every ally so will China stand by every ally; it will allow the way for India so long as it can also clear a roadmap for Pakistan When you think of China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea remember the Monroe doctrine We are victims in this instance of that great power jostling But it is important to see this game for what it is; it is about more than us and sheer narcissism will not get us to see that reality It is also important not to belittle the hesitations and ambiguities shown by countries like Brazil and others These countries are not insignificant But more importantly they are all interested in what kind of a power India will be Having two powers like the US and China at the high table who believe in great power exceptionalism particularly when it comes to international law is problematic Having India join the table to add fuel to this fire not to douse it worries many countries no matter what our diplomats may say The NSG waiver we have was an artful compromise It allowed us the substance of what we want without a polarising debate on the form But we have in a single stroke reopened the debate on the NPT If you want to take on the big powers you need to have the ability to hurt them But in our overwrought self-confidence we risk the worst of both worlds: Not having enough fire power to really hurt any of the powers bigger than us on the one hand; at the same time frittering away the cautious virtues that actually have stood us in good stead The reason this is worth mentioning is because the government is putting out this innuendo that India may even stall progress on climate issues if it is not admitted to these clubs This would be moral hubris of the highest order: Equating a treaty necessary to saving the planet with membership of a club which has little material consequences for us The third delusion is the cynical use to which the American security lobby is putting this episode There is a line of argument that the NSG fiasco was good because it proved one thing: The US is well disposed to us and China will block our rise Therefore we can create the ideological climate for siding with the US carte blanche And second those who argue for “strategic autonomy” can be shown to be living in a fantasy How can we be “equidistant” between China and the US when the US so clearly supports us and China opposes Of course our relationship with the US will for many reasons be incredibly close But surely the lesson from this episode is that until India has the power to dictate terms it is in our interest to be an arena of great power agreement Whether Pakistan or NSG the US alone cannot deliver what we want The strategic autonomy argument is mis-described when it is characterised as an equidistance argument The idea of autonomy requires that you do not frame the issue only in terms that the great powers see the issue Each issue should be taken on its merits; we should not close off options by overblown pre-commitments It is a plea to think hard about our interests and not be swayed by others’ way of framing the world We need to find ways of putting pressure on China It is fun to use the China card to beat up on those sceptical of an unthinking embrace of the US as the establishment is doing But this short-lived ideological high is no substitute for getting a grip on reality India’s claims are not in doubt But when a premature machismo runs far ahead of reality its judgment is The writer is president CPR Delhi and contributing editor ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shekhar Singh | Published: May 6 2013 12:43 am Related News A sound whistleblowers protection law is long awaited It languishes in Parliament at the systems peril Nandi Singha resident of a remote village in Assamwas brutally attacked with axes in September 2012 as a result of a complaint filed by him regarding irregularities in the functioning of fair price shops supplying rations under the public distribution system He succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital and his wife was seriously injured in the attack Nandi Singh had also been attacked a month prior to his murder and had filed a case and sought protection His wife and two children await justice Ram Thakur from Bihars Muzaffarpur district was shot dead last month by relatives of the mukhiya of his village He had exposed embezzlement of funds in the MGNREGA in Ratnauli panchayat using muster rolls and other information he had accessed under the RTI Act He had also alleged that the mukhiya of the village had siphoned off the funds Prior to the fatal attackthere had been several incidents of attacks on him and he had repeatedly sought protection from the police Nandi SinghRam Thakur and thousands like them across the country have been threatenedassaultedeven killed for raising their voices against corruption and wrongdoing Following the passage of the RTI Act in 2005it isnt just officials within the system who have access to government information ordinary citizens across the country are holding local officials to account in ways that were unfathomable even a decade ago Unfortunatelyfor these whistleblowers who dared to show truth to powerthere has been no justice Neither have their attacks and murders been properly investigatednor have the cases of corruption and wrongdoing they exposed been dealt with The well-known case of Satyendra Dubeya graduate from IIT-Kanpur who was murdered in 2003after he exposed financial and contractual irregularities in the Golden Quadrilateral Corridor Project of the National Highways Authority of Indiahad sparked the demand for an effective bill to protect whistleblowers Howeverover nine years and innumerable attacks on whistleblowers laterthe bill remains stuck in legislative morass The Whistleblowers Protection Billintroduced in Parliament in August 2010was passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2011 and has been awaiting discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha The bill provides for a mechanism to conceal the identity of a whistleblowerwhere (s)he feels that revelation of identity would lead to victimisation or harassment by vested interests The bill makes it an offence to reveal the identity of the complainant and prescribes imprisonment and fine for anyone who reveals the identity In additionthere are provisions to protect the whistleblower from victimisation resulting from the disclosures made There arehoweverseveral lacunae in the bill that need to be discussed and addressed in Parliament One of the most significant is the lack of a clear and adequately broad definition of what constitutes victimisation It is critical to ensure that under the lawin case of a complaint of victimisationthe charge should stand established if the action or inaction that led to the complaint violates any lawrulepolicyorder or is not in conformity with the general practiceprocedures and norms in the matteror is not based on sound reasons The bill is also silent on penalties and compensation vis-à-vis victimisation If the legislation is expected to effectively deter victimisationit must provide for strict punishment and penalties to be imposed on anyone who victimises whistleblowers It must also ensure that wherever a whistleblower is killed or suffers grievous injury as a result of making a complaintaction is taken on a priority basis on the original complaint of corruption or criminal offence filed by the whistleblower Cases of people like Nandi SinghRam Thakur and scores of whistleblowers who are poor and marginalisedbear testimony to the fact that whistleblowers and their families need to be compensated for any loss or other detriment suffered by them as a result of victimisation The law must cover complaints against the prime ministerchief ministers and all other public authoritieslike the armed forces Alsoit is important that complainants against the private sector get protection under this act It is widely recognised that corruption in private institutions has a significant impact on the public Given the vast scale of the private sector in India and the corruption thereinit is important that this bill be extended to complaints about the private sector when they either abet corruption (under Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act)or commit a criminal offence This would also be in keeping with the stated position of the governmentas indicated in the prime ministers speech at a CBI conference in October 2011to bring the private sector within the ambit of anti-corruption laws The law must take care to not empower anyone to dismiss or close a complaint on the grounds that it is frivolous or vexatious. In today’s context, as their fans call this Yeh Hai Mohabbatein fame couple. like Priyanka Chopra have already shared videos of the mannequin challenge flooding social media.

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