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Lighting the campus tinderbox

Mr Modi's authoritarian streak is sometimes compared to Indira Gandhi's rise to absolute power. If so, the triggering of a students' agitation carries a fateful echo from the non-so-distant past

Sunil Sethi  |  New Delhi 

Sunil Sethi

The ill wind of rampant violence against students and faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by masked hoodlums on January 5 took place in some of the most miserable weather the capital has known, with temperatures plummeting to the coldest in decades.

If that was a barometer of national politics, then a bitter winter of discontent augurs a dangerous spring for the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah ruling establishment and their Hindutva-fuelled followers. From the blur of images of Bloody Sunday — students’ union President Aishe Ghosh’s bandaged head from wounds ...

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First Published: Sat, January 11 2020. 00:55 IST
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