Compelling citizens to listen to the national anthem with the objective of inculcating patriotism and nationalism violates the very autonomy that the nine-judge bench of the apex court recently upheld.
Let us kindle within young Indians a strong desire to work for a better present, as against the ‘proud Indian’ who merely dreams of resurrecting some ‘golden age’ from the past.
“Our right to free speech and expression is not a gift or a privilege that the government bestows on us; it is our right.”
When Balraj Sahni spoke truth to power.
As per the CBSE notification, “indigenous sports, yoga and NCC” should be encouraged to “create a sense of physical fitness, discipline, sportsmanship, patriotism, self-sacrifice and health care”.
The Supreme Court order encroaches on the functions of the executive and legislature, bypassing the checks-and-balances system enshrined in the constitution.
Hiding behind the soldier allows the government to get away without answering any serious questions about the disastrous effects of demonetisation.
Gautam Gambhir’s stand shouldn’t surprise us: he openly identifies himself with a political party that espouses hostility towards Pakistan, and has been an outspoken supporter of the current finance minister.
As the national anthem played across his team’s pre-season fixtures, Kaepernick has chosen to sit through it to protest what is slowly becoming an American nightmare.
The powerful and influential US media is deliberately blinkered and inward-focused in values, orientation and worldview.
Aggressive campaigns of narrow nationalism are being furthered by institutionalised biases against minorities. A new politics is needed to counter it.