Canadian cool | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2018 1:28:51 am Canadians, tired of being the “good neighbours” held up in contrast to the US, can now become edgy within the bounds of law. On Tuesday, Canada became the second country, after Uruguay, to legalise the recreational use of marijuana at the national level. The move is, of course, welcome for “ending 90 years of needless prohibition and criminalisation”, as one Canadian lawmaker put it. But the question the rest of the world is asking is this: Do Canadians…

Metro lessons | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2018 1:25:22 am Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardip Singh Puri had justified the hike as necessary to provide “world class facilities” to passengers. In the last week of May, Delhi Metro added a new corridor, extending its coverage by more than 25 km. The rail transit system’s network today spans 277 km of the National Capital Region (NCR). But worryingly, fewer people use this mode of transport today compared to 2015, when the metro covered less…

Murder in Hapur | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2018 1:15:38 am The phenomenon of cow-related violence first drew the nation’s attention in Dadri, September 2015. The lynching on Monday of a cattle-trader, Qasim, in the sugarcane fields of Pilakhuwa in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, follows a gruesome pattern. The FIR does not mention cows, and the police has described it as a killing by unidentified bike-born men provoked by a scuffle over right of way. But the accounts of village residents and families of victim and accused, as…

June 21, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Janata deadlock

By: Editorial | Updated: June 21, 2018 1:10:59 am Font page of The Indian Express from forty years ago. (Archive) Despite a series of high-level meetings in the capital, the Janata party continued to be deadlocked over the Raj Narain issue. The health minister has not shown any sign that he would resign from his position, demanding Chandra Shekhar’s ouster and reconstitution of the party’s National Executive. Raj Narain went one step further and questioned the competence of the Central Parliamentary Board which will meet to take action on his…

Trilateral terms | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: June 21, 2018 12:35:12 am Delhi’s knee-jerk reaction could be explained by its intense suspicion about “third party mediation” between India and Pakistan. It’s a pity that the government was quick to dismiss the call from the Chinese ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, for a trilateral dialogue between Delhi, Islamabad and Beijing. Between China’s vague proposal and Delhi’s definitive rejection, there might be interesting political space that is worth exploring in the not too distant future. What is important is not the shape of the negotiating…

David over Goliath | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: June 21, 2018 12:25:27 am The Football World Cup, like election results, can’t be read by the early leads. The suckers for fairytale endings can’t take their eyes off Russia. The first round of group games at the FIFA World Cup is in the books and the football world is celebrating David’s surprise early goal over Goliath. Defending champions Germany, surprisingly ponderous, were turned over by plucky and speedy Mexicans while Lionel Messi’s Argentina were held by Iceland, the smallest country ever to play in the…

American nightmare | The Indian Express

By: Editorials | Updated: June 21, 2018 12:20:40 am From its inception, it has been a nation of immigrants, each wave adding to the country’s diversity, and its people’s collective capability. For those looking for a silver lining in the Donald Trump Administration’s move to separate immigrant children from their parents, place them in camps and, in some cases, even cage them, there is some hope. Democrats have condemned the move which has already seen over 2,000 families torn asunder, a large section of the US President’s own party has…

With Saviours Like These | The Indian Express

Written by Huma Hasan | Updated: June 20, 2018 12:15:03 am During and in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh elections in 2016-17, under the garb of gender justice, the triple talaq issue was extensively used by the star campaigners of the BJP. Is feminism being co-opted by the right-wing forces? Do Muslim women need saving? Through behen beti bacho and anti-Romeo squads, do Hindu women need protection from Muslim men? These are some of the questions that need to be answered in the wake of the Law Commission’s renewed…

Playing too hard | The Indian Express

Updated: June 20, 2018 12:05:15 am he WHO’s classification may well pave the way for a deeper exploration and a wider conversation on the stories young people are participating in. Since the turn of this century, an excessive and obsessive immersion in video games has been linked to mood swings, isolation, a single-minded pursuit of virtual goals and, most seriously, a number of deaths. If these symptoms appear familiar, it is because some or all of them have been associated with various forms of substance abuse. On Monday, the World…

Unhappy Ending | The Indian Express

Updated: June 20, 2018 12:00:35 am Mufti, who resigned as soon as the BJP announced its pull-out, and made clear that the party would not form government with another ally, continues to defend the alliance as one founded in a grand vision. The BJP’s decision to exit the ruling alliance with the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu & Kashmir may not be as abrupt as it seems to be. At first sight, it is puzzling that the BJP should pull the plug on a government of which it was proud…